Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet

ArtistMiles Davis

Year1958

Genre: Hard Bop

Grade: A-

Featuring the classic lineup of Davis-Coltrane-Garland-Chambers-Jones, Relaxin’ is another memorable collection culled from the Great Quintet’s legendary 1956 recording sessions at Van Gelder Studios. This time, they are perfectly content to play it cool — Chillin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet.

Renditions of “If I Were a Bell” and “Oleo” become jazz standards re-made in Miles’ image. For the duration of the LP, the overall vibe is friendly and welcoming, the kind of top-notch jazz you’d like to pull up a chair and have a drink with.

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