Cookin', Workin', Relaxin', and Steamin': The Miles' First Quintet on Prestige Poll

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Three recording sessions producing four of the most important and brilliant jazz recordings of all time, as performed by a bunch of young, unreliable junkies. I have a favorite but I'd like to wait to see how this plays out. Hard to believe this hasn't been done before. Bonus: Are these records better as a piece than Round About Midnight?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Workin' 4
Cookin' 3
Steamin' 3
Relaxin' 1


If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 15 November 2012 14:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Voted Workin' - 'It Never Entered My Mind' is so beautiful, and I love the cover pic of Miles and steamroller!

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 15 November 2012 15:02 (five years ago) Permalink

generally think of these as one big album, so i'm not sure what to vote for...maybe "steamin'"? the long "surrey" is perfect. these albums are so great.

tylerw, Thursday, 15 November 2012 15:28 (five years ago) Permalink

WORKIN'

it's always been my fav, but they're all great.

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Thursday, 15 November 2012 16:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Probably going with Steamin'. Always loved that version of "Salt Peanuts." But tylerw otm re: one big album.

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 15 November 2012 16:30 (five years ago) Permalink

the red garland records from this period are awesome too.

tylerw, Thursday, 15 November 2012 16:31 (five years ago) Permalink

What about the first album by this quintet, which predates these sessions by about a year? Lots of killer stuff on that disc, too.

誤訳侮辱, Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:14 (five years ago) Permalink

I knew who started this poll before I even looked :)

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:16 (five years ago) Permalink

A key factor to Miles' minimalism was his aversion to the letter g

Moodles, Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:34 (five years ago) Permalink

It's the g's he doesn't say.

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 16 November 2012 00:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Workin' is definitely the one I listen to the most, plus it's how I found out about Ahmad Jamal.

B-Boy Bualadh Bos (ecuador_with_a_c), Friday, 16 November 2012 02:56 (five years ago) Permalink

It's the g's he doesn't say.

he plays them instead

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Friday, 16 November 2012 03:11 (five years ago) Permalink

anyhoo! listened to workin' last night and ward fowler otm -- "it never entered my mind" is pretty remarkable, such a perfect rendering of that tune (though the one miles did a few years earlier w/ horace silver is amazing too). it's funny, before i heard these records I had an entirely different idea of what they would sound like -- i think because of miles' badass personality, i thought they'd be these raw, bluesy workouts (probably more along the lines of art blakey/jazz messengers). but they're actually super-focused on melody, delicacy and just plain prettiness.

tylerw, Friday, 16 November 2012 16:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Relaxin' for me: "I'll play it for you and tell you what it is later."

Jazzbo, Friday, 16 November 2012 17:50 (five years ago) Permalink

I would love to poll raspy on mic Miles quotes

drunk 'n' white's elements of style (Hurting 2), Friday, 16 November 2012 18:10 (five years ago) Permalink

ha, yeah. the thing on that all stars date where they're all making fun of monk: "put this on the record, rudy! all of it!"

tylerw, Friday, 16 November 2012 18:13 (five years ago) Permalink

"How's that, Bob?"

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 16 November 2012 18:13 (five years ago) Permalink

I love how on the mid-60s quintet records he says "Let's hear some of that, Teo!" before the band even stops playing.

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 16 November 2012 18:14 (five years ago) Permalink

teeeeeoooooo

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Friday, 16 November 2012 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

teeeeeoooooo

otm

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 16 November 2012 18:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 30 November 2012 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 1 December 2012 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

garland is so playful on "blues by five"

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Sunday, 10 June 2018 17:42 (one week ago) Permalink

fucking band!

calzino, Sunday, 10 June 2018 19:32 (one week ago) Permalink

I like digging out Garland's Groovy sometimes (also w/ Chambers) which is another ace album.

calzino, Sunday, 10 June 2018 19:42 (one week ago) Permalink

didn't even notice this, just posted about Workin' on the "bands you keep trying to get into" thread. It's impossible to choose between all these...

omar little, Sunday, 10 June 2018 20:53 (one week ago) Permalink

was just playing art pepper meets the rhythm section, recorded in '57 with garland, jones, chambers. pretty great stuff.

tylerw, Sunday, 10 June 2018 20:56 (one week ago) Permalink


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