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Miles Davis Volume 2 refers to two separate but related entities. The first is a Miles Davis studio album released by Blue Note Records as a 10-inch LP, as BLP 5022 in 1953. The six tracks from this LP plus five alternate takes were released on CD in 1990 and remastered with restored artwork in 2001.

Miles Davis Volume 2
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ReleasedEarly October 1953 (BLP 5022)[1]
Early 1956 (BLP 1502)
RecordedApril 20, 1953 (plus May 9, 1952 and March 6, 1954, RVG edition)
StudioWOR Studios, New York City
Length21:16 (10" LP)
LabelBlue Note
BLP 5022
ProducerAlfred Lion
Miles Davis chronology
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Miles Davis 12" LP chronology
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Quintet / Sextet
12" LP cover
BLP 1502[2]
BLP 1502[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]

The second Miles Davis Volume 2 is a compilation of tracks from all three of his sessions with the label, released (with different cover art) in 1956 as BLP 1502.

The original 10-inch LP (BLP 5022) contained music from Davis' second session for Blue Note, recorded April 20, 1953.[4] The recording was made at a point in Davis' life when he was struggling with heroin addiction, and in his autobiography Davis remembers that he, Jimmy Heath, and Art Blakey were all very high in the studio. Davis also states that the song title "C.T.A." was named after Heath's girlfriend Connie Theresa Ann.[5]

The 1990 CD (Blue Note CDP 7 81502 2) contained the music recorded at the April 20, 1953 session, including all of the original 10"LP, along with alternate takes from the same session, but using the cover art from the 1956 compilation LP. The 2001 CD (Blue Note 7243 5 32611 2 2), remastered by Rudy Van Gelder, restored the artwork from BLP 5022 with the same track list. Davis' other recordings for Blue Note (in 1952 and 1954) are collected on the RVG CD edition of Miles Davis Volume 1.

The 12-inch LP (BLP 1502) was originally released in 1956 (following Miles Davis Volume 1 (BLP 1501)) after Davis won the Down Beat readers poll as best trumpeter.[6][7] The two volumes of repackaged Miles Davis material were the first releases in Blue Note's new 1500 series of 12"LPs.[8] The music compiled on the two volumes was from three separate recording sessions made over 1952–54, some of which had been previously issued as singles, and as three now discontinued 10" LPs. Volume 2 contained material from all three sessions, and some previously unreleased alternate takes. The master takes of the March 6, 1954 session, which made up the bulk of the 12"LP, had originally been issued in 10"LP format under the title Miles Davis, Volume 3 (BLP 5040), and the May 9, 1952 material had been previously released the 10" LP Young Man with a Horn (BLP 5013). Some Japanese CD versions reproduce the original 12"LP running order.

Track listingEdit

10" LPEdit

BLP 5022, all tracks recorded April 20, 1953:

Side one
1."Tempus Fugit"Bud Powell3:53
2."Enigma"Jay Jay Johnson3:25
3."Ray's Idea"Gil Fuller, Ray Brown3:46
Side two
1."Kelo"Jay Jay Johnson3:20
2."I Waited for You"Gil Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie3:31
3."C.T.A."Jimmy Heath3:36
Total length:21:31


RVG Edition released 2001, all tracks recorded April 20, 1953:

1."Kelo"Jay Jay Johnson3:20
2."Enigma"Jay Jay Johnson3:25
3."Ray's Idea"Gil Fuller, Ray Brown3:46
4."Tempus Fugit"Bud Powell3:53
5."C.T.A."Jimmy Heath3:36
6."I Waited for You"Gil Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie3:31
7."Kelo" (Alternate Take)Jay Jay Johnson3:27
8."Enigma" (Alternate Take)Jay Jay Johnson3:27
9."Ray's Idea" (Alternate Take)Gil Fuller, Ray Brown3:53
10."Tempus Fugit" (Alternate Take)Bud Powell4:01
11."C.T.A." (Alternate Take)Jimmy Heath3:18
Total length:39:17

12" LPEdit

BLP 1502:

Side one
1."Take Off"Miles DavisMarch 6, 19543:41
2."Weirdo"Miles DavisMarch 6, 19544:45
3."Woody 'n' You"Dizzy GillespieMay 9, 19523:26
4."I Waited For You"Gil Fuller, Dizzy GillespieApril 20, 19533:31
5."Ray's Idea" (Alternate Take)Gil Fuller, Ray BrownApril 20, 19533:53
6."Donna"Jackie McLeanMay 9, 19523:14
Side two
1."Well, You Needn't"Thelonious MonkMarch 6, 19545:24
2."The Leap"Miles DavisMarch 6, 19544:32
3."Lazy Susan"Miles DavisMarch 6, 19544:03
4."Tempus Fugit" (Alternate Take)Bud PowellApril 20, 19533:31
5."It Never Entered My Mind"Richard Rodgers, Lorenz HartMarch 6, 19544:01
Total length:44:31


May 9, 1952[9]

April 20, 1953[10]

March 6, 1954[11]

  • Miles Davis – trumpet
  • Horace Silver – piano
  • Percy Heath – bass
  • Art Blakey – drums


  1. ^ Billboard Oct 31, 1953
  2. ^ Cover also used for earlier CD reissues.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Miles Davis, Vol. 2 – Miles Davis | AllMusic". Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  4. ^ Miles Davis – Volume 2 10"LP,, accessed July 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe, Miles: the Autobiography, 1989, p. 162.
  6. ^ Leonard Feather in the original liner notes to Miles Davis Volume 1 (1956)
  7. ^ Down Beat Readers Poll 1955 Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine on Down Beat homepage. Retrieved on April 6, 2014.
  8. ^ Miles Davis – Volume 2 12"LP,, accessed July 14, 2014.
  9. ^ May 9, 1952 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed July 14, 2014
  10. ^ April 20, 1953 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed July 14, 2014
  11. ^ March 6, 1954 Session Details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed July 14, 2014