Collectors' Items

Miles Davis

Collectors Items PRS 31222 02
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    1. The Serpent's Tooth (Take 1) 7:04
    2. The Serpent's Tooth (Take 2) 6:20
    3. 'Round Midnight 7:07
    4. Compulsion 5:47
    5. No Line 5:43
    6. Vierd Blues 6:55
    7. In Your Own Sweet Way 4:36

Recorded 1953, released 1956:


• From the new liner notes: “The session of March 16, 1956 is one of most beautiful, laid-back, floating-on-a-cloud experiences one can have. The first time I listened to it, I replayed it three times. Side note: ‘Vierd Blues’ is the same piece that appears on Miles’s Trane’s Blues, and there credited to John Coltrane, as it was when Trane first recorded it on a Kenny Drew session, years before. Until it was combined with the 1956 date, the Miles-Bird-Sonny session lay in the vaults. Meanwhile, on May 15, 1953 Bird and Dizzy Gillespie recorded their famed Massey Hall concert in Toronto. When that record was issued ‘Charlie Chan’ was used as Bird’s pseudonym. That’s how it came to be used for Collectors’ Items.” (Ira Gitler)

• Personnel: Miles Davis, trumpet; Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker (originally under the pseudonym Charlie Chan because he was under contract with Norman Granz, tracks 1-4 only), tenor saxophone; Walter Bishop (1-4), Tommy Flanagan (5-7), piano; Percy Heath (1-4), Paul Chambers (5-7), piano; Philly Joe Jones (1-4), Arthur Taylor (5-7), drums

• Featured tracks: “The Serpent’s Tooth (take 1 and take 2); “’Round Midnight,” “Compulsion,” “No Line,” Vierd Blues,’ “In Your Own Sweet Way”NOTE: Tracks 1, 2 and 4 were engineered by Bob Lee; track 3 engineer unknown. All other tracks were recorded by Rudy Van Gelder. All tracks remastered by Rudy Van Gelder)



In the 11th edition of the Concord Music Group’s remastered CDs originally issued by Prestige Records in the ‘50s and ‘60s, three more classics that engineer Rudy Van Gelder recorded and recently digitally upgraded. All three were recorded in the ‘50s and feature the crème de la crème of the jazz world—titans now; young upstarts then finding their voices. Each album includes original and new liner notes. The titles for this latest batch include albums made by perennial favorites:


Miles Davis: Collectors’ Items

Sonny Rollins: Worktime

John Coltrane: Standard Coltrane

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