Josef Woodard
April 21, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1951-1961

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Reissues, Jazz

We gave it an A

At the core of Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1951-1961, an enthralling six-CD expanse of music, are the familiar sounds of 1958’s ”Kind of Blue,” a Davis masterpiece: Its deceptively relaxed, visionary cool has a power that still captivates and sells.

Including 90 minutes of unreleased tracks — warts, epiphanies, and all — the set documents the interaction between Davis and a young Coltrane. Because they’re two of jazz’s greatest, most imitated horn players, and because their playing embodies the twin poles of bravura and vulnerability, this is a worthy epic. A

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