Miles Davis / Tadd Dameron Quintet – All The Things You Are (1949)

This legendary live-recording with Miles Davis / Tadd Dameron Quintet  from the album In Paris Festival International DeJazz is probably the coolest version of  All The Things You Are. The album is recorded at the Festival International De Jazz at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, France on May 8 & 16, 1949. Four years earlier, someone had said that Miles Davis had no technique – in spite of the fact that Miles had started out with Charlie Parker, and then learned the acrobatics of bop from the pianist’s compositions, and received the full backing of the genre’s master drummer Kenny Clarke. Miles had just founded a revolutionary nonet in New York, and he was elated after the welcome he had received in Paris. Henri Renaud released this recording in 1977.

Taking a break from his duties with the Charlie Parker band, this live album is a fascinating glimpse of Miles while still forming, playing fast and hard bebop trumpet with Tadd Dameron and James Moody along with Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. He rips through the Dameron originals like “Good Bait” with an agility borne of playing with the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, but it is on the ballads that we really hear the Miles to come. This album is a very interesting look at the road not taken, as Miles would soon return to the United States and form his famous Birth of the Cool Nonet and say good-bye to orthodox bebop. A young James Moody is very impressive as well, sticking to alto and playing with the fleet grace he would keep up for the next sixty plus years. The over-enthusiastic French disc jockey talking over the music at times and the muddy sound quality makes gives this something of a bootleg feel, but it is worth slogging through to hear some great music [source]

Miles Davis (Trumpet), Tadd Dameron (Piano), James Moody (Tenor sax), Barney Spielery (Bass), Kenny Clarke (Drums)

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