Miles Davis – Boppin’ the Blues
Miles Davis – Boppin’ the Blues
Miles Davis – Boppin’ the Blues
Miles Davis – Boppin’ the Blues

Miles Davis – Boppin’ the Blues

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Trumpet – Miles Davis [click here to see more vinyl featuring Miles Davis]

Vocals – Ann Baker (A3-5, B4-6), Earl Coleman (A1-2, A6, B1-3)

Bass – Tommy Potter

Drums – Art Blakey [click here to see more vinyl featuring Art Blakey]

Guitar – Connie Wainwright

Piano – Linton Garner

Tenor Saxophone – Gene Ammons

Written by Ann Baker (A3-5, B4-6), Earl Coleman (A1-2, A6, B1-3)

 

1 LP, standard jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”

Stereo

Studio

Record Press :  Pallas

Label :  ORG Music

Original Label : Black Lion Records

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, on October 18, 1946

Engineered by Steve Hoffman

Produced by Alan Bates

Remastered by Bernie Grundman

Originally released in 1987

Reissued in 2013

 

Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Don't Sing Me The Blues (Take 1)
  2. Don't Sing Me The Blues (Take 2)
  3. I've Always Got The Blues (Take 1 Incomplete)
  4. I've Always Got The Blues (Take 2)
  5. I've Always Got The Blues (Take 3)
  6. Don't Explain To Me Baby (Take 1)

Side B:

  1. Don't Explain To Me Baby (Take 2)
  2. Don't Explain To Me Baby (Take 3)
  3. Don't Explain To Me Baby (Take 4)
  4. Baby, Won't You Make Up Your Mind (Take 1)
  5. Baby, Won't You Make Up Your Mind (Take 2)
  6. Baby, Won't You Make Up Your Mind (Take 3)

 

Reviews :

“When the CD was initially released, it had quite a few jazz collectors scratching their heads wondering why they had never heard of it. Previously unissued, these formerly unknown performances (just four songs with eight alternate takes) feature the vocals of Earl Coleman and Ann Baker in 1946 but the backup group is of great interest for it includes trumpeter Miles Davis and tenor-saxophonist Gene Ammons. It's not essential music but bop collectors will still want to pick it up.” AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

One of Miles Davis' earliest recording sessions. The very first known instance of the famed trumpeter playing in an "open" style, and in a band with legendary tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons and drummer Art Blakey. Need any more be said? Very few jazz albums possess more historical import and wow-inspiring significance than Bopping the Blues, which documents a 1946 session in which Davis supported a group and two singers, Earl Coleman and Ann Baker, in a splendid bop affair. Yes, it's got that elusive Holy Grail quality.

Originally released by the U.K. label Black Lion, an imprint that specialized in resurrecting rare gems from U.S. jazz and blues legends, Bopping the Blues marks what are indisputably Davis' initial open-voiced contributions and a can't-miss opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and his music. Orchestrated by ORG, this historical reissue is afforded the ultimate in audiophile production standards, resulting in sonics and presentation befitting the museum-like worth of this record's existence.

Mastered from the original master tapes at Bernie Grundman Studios, cut by Chris Bellman and pressed at Pallas, the 180-gram LP was curated by legendary engineer Steve Hoffman and eq'd by Grundman himself. A better team you cannot find; every step involved serious quality-control measures to guarantee gorgeous sound.

 

Ratings :

AllMusic 3.5 / 5  ,  Discogs 4.13 / 5

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