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Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet is an album recorded in 1956 by Miles Davis. Two sessions on 11 May 1956 and 26 October in the same year resulted in four albums—this one, Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet, Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet and Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet. These four albums are considered to be among the best performances in the whole hard bop subgenre.[3] The album was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder in 2005 for Prestige Records. This album includes dialogue snippets taken from the original master reel. It also emphasizes Miles Davis' concentrated medium-register ballad playing.

Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1958[1][2]
RecordedMay 11 and October 26, 1956
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
GenreJazz, hard bop
PRLP 7129
ProducerBob Weinstock
Miles Davis chronology
Bags' Groove
Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[3]

Track listingEdit

Prestige – LP 7129:[4]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording sessionLength
1."If I Were a Bell"Frank LoesserOctober 26, 19568:15
2."You're My Everything"Harry WarrenOctober 26, 19565:18
3."I Could Write a Book"Richard RodgersOctober 26, 19565:09
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording sessionLength
1."Oleo"Sonny RollinsOctober 26, 19566:18
2."It Could Happen to You"Jimmy Van HeusenMay 11, 19566:37
3."Woody 'n' You"Dizzy GillespieMay 11, 19565:02
Total length:36:13



  1. ^ Porter, Lewis (ed.) (2013). The John Coltrane Reference. New York/Abingdon: Routledge. p. 212. ISBN 1135112576.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Billboard – March 31, 1958 (Page 10)". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Miles Davis – Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet". AllMusic. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Miles Davis – Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet". Discogs. Retrieved October 28, 2016.