Modern Jazz Trumpets

Modern Jazz Trumpets is an album released by Prestige in 1951 with music by four jazz trumpeters: Fats Navarro, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Kenny Dorham. The album was released on the 10" LP format and includes the first recordings by Davis.[1]

Modern Jazz Trumpets
Compilation album by
Released1951 (1951)
RecordedMay 15, 1949
September 20, 1949
September 16, 1950
January 17, 1951
ProducerBob Weinstock
Miles Davis 10" LP chronology
Modern Jazz Trumpets
The New Sounds
later version of cover

Cover art was a text layout similar to other early albums on Prestige. Later pressings used the same photo of Davis also used on his first three 10" LPs.

Track listingEdit

A side

  1. Fats Navarro - Stop (Don Lanphere) – 4:03
  2. Fats Navarro - Go (Don Lanphere) – 4:03
  3. Fats Navarro - Wailing Wall (Don Lanphere) – 3:25
  4. Dizzy Gillespie - Thinking of You (Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby) – 2:45

B side

  1. Miles Davis - Morpheus (John Lewis) – 2:21
  2. Miles Davis - Whispering (M. Schonberger, R. Coburn, V. Rose) – 3:03
  3. Miles Davis - Down (Miles Davis) – 2:51
  4. Dizzy Gillespie - Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:45
  5. Kenny Dorham - Maxology (Kenny Dorham) – 5:44

Personnel and recording datesEdit


Studio Technisonor, Paris, France, May 15, 1949

The Kenny Dorham track was also issued by Prestige on the following 78rpm single, credited to James Moody:

  • Prestige 702: James Moody - Maxology, Part 1&2

Stop, Go, Wailing Wall

NYC, September 20, 1949

The Fats Navarro tracks were also issued by Prestige on the following 78rpm singles:

  • Prestige 812: Fats Navarro - Stop / Go
  • Prestige 819: Fats Navarro - Wailing Wall / Infatuation

Thinking of You, Nice Work If You Can Get It

NYC, September 16, 1950

The Dizzy Gillespie tracks were also issued by Prestige on the following 78rpm singles:

  • Prestige 728: Sonny Stitt - To Think You've Chosen Me / Dizzy Gillespie - Thinking Of You
  • Prestige 736: Dizzy Gillespie - She's Gone Again / Nice Work If You Can Get It

Morpheus, Whispering, Down

Apex Studios, New York City, January 17, 1951

Two takes of the tune "Blue Room" were also recorded at this session. This was Miles Davis' first recording session for Prestige Records, for whom he would record many albums over the next five years, as well as his first credited appearance as leader on an LP album. Davis had previously recorded one session under his own name, with Charlie Parker's band, for Savoy Records in 1947 (available on First Miles), and three sessions with his nonet for Capitol Records over 1949-1950 (Birth of the Cool). It was also his first session with the young Sonny Rollins. After the session was completed, they would record one more track entitled "I Know" under Rollins' name, with Davis on piano. The Rollins track is available on the album Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet (PRLP 7029). Earlier in the same day, before his session at Prestige, Davis had also recorded a session as a sideman with Charlie Parker, for Verve Records, found on the Parker album Swedish Schnapps.[2]

The Miles Davis tracks, including "Blue Room", were also released on two 78rpm singles.[3] "Blue Room" would later be part of Davis' second 10"LP Blue Period (PRLP 140), and all four tracks would be re-released on the 12"LP Miles Davis and Horns (PRLP 7025), after the 10" format was discontinued.

  • Prestige 734: Miles Davis - Morpheus / Blue Room
  • Prestige 742: Miles Davis - Down / Whispering


  1. ^ Prestige 10" LP discography, the Jazz Discography Project, accessed June 4, 2014
  2. ^ Miles Davis 1950s session details, Miles Ahead: A Miles Davis Website, accessed June 4, 2014
  3. ^ Prestige 78rpm discography, the Jazz Discography Project, accessed June 4, 2014