Miles Davis
Cookin' With the Miles Davis Quintet


4.0
excellent


Release Date: 1957 | Tracklist

Review Summary: [Verb]in' Series: Part 1 of 4

The ”[Verb]’in” Series, a four-album series, was recorded in just two sessions with Miles’ first great quintet. The albums are known to characterize the early hard bop sound, a sound that took bop leanings and applied more of a modern edge to them. On such albums, Miles and company got the opportunity to exercise technical aptitude and learn the intricacies of typical jazz. This was essential to Miles’ modal explorations later on, as such explorations were built atop a rock-solid hard bop base.

”Cookin’” was the first album released in this series and as good a start as any. The album has the main components of a jazz record performed in formidable fashion. Excellent, blazing solos are continuously put forth on ”Airegin”, and a romantic aura is exuded from ”My Funny Valentine”, for example. The quintet spices things up with the closer, a dual piece that drastically changes dynamics and mood halfway through the song. The piece is perhaps the most interesting on the album, a notable track in its own right. Perhaps the only letdown the album contains is the ballad ”Blues by Five”, which drags on a bit, failing to justify its near 10-minute run time.

Even with the slight slip-up, ”Cookin’” is an incredibly solid hard bop outing, featuring memorable passages that do justice to the Miles Davis name. It is rather accessible as well and features something every listener is bound to enjoy. Furthermore, it’s hard not to be amused by the smell of what Miles was cooking, only revealed later in his career, and boy was it spicy.



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50iL
July 24th 2018


5244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/50J57uCvPub0yK2kjkfC9J

Special thanks to FullOfSounds and TVC15 for proofreading this review!

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TVC15
July 24th 2018


10203 Comments


Oh shit whattup

butcherboy
July 24th 2018


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

airegin is top 20 davis tunes..

Veldin
July 24th 2018


3873 Comments


Excellent review, pos'd. Love the Verbin' series, especially "Workin'"

Veldin
July 24th 2018


3873 Comments


You should review Miles Ahead. It doesn't have a review and is deserving of a good one; an underrated (on Sput) gem

50iL
July 24th 2018


5244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the kind words! Just heard Miles Ahead today: a good album at that, but I don't know if I'm who should review it. If inspiration wants it so, I will though

Veldin
July 24th 2018


3873 Comments


Let the music be thee muse. I love reading Miles Davis reviews and retrospectives tbh

50iL
July 24th 2018


5244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, Miles Davis retrospectives are especially amusing because of his sheer impact in the music industry. I would even say said impact grows by the hour; it really is formidable.

Bet
July 24th 2018


5 Comments


Bet

Veldin
July 24th 2018


3873 Comments


Indeed it is, 50iL
Cookin Crack Quintet, bet

sonictheplumber
July 24th 2018


10456 Comments


niuce

DadKungFu
July 24th 2018


676 Comments


I see what you're doing and I like it

Drifter
July 24th 2018


16072 Comments


Why did my Cookin Crack comment get deleted twice?

50iL
July 24th 2018


5244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That wasn't me bud

Veldin
July 24th 2018


3873 Comments


@Drifter - "Because you are crackheads, children..." - Frank Reynolds



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