Barry Miles is a Fusion-Jazz keyboardist who has worked with many of the top fusion musicians, including Al Di Meola and Miles Davis. He has issued a handful of solo albums over the years. We now present Sky Train, originally released on RCA Records in 1977, for the first time on compact disc. It features Eric Kloss, Anthony Jackson and Randy Brecker. The album also features the 20 minute epic 'Cityscape (The Fusion Suite)'.
Many musicians lived and were musically active during multiple jazz periods, and some of them actually made significant contributions during all of the periods during which they recorded. But few can claim, as Miles Davis could, to have actually helped design the architecture in every case. Bebop, cool, and fusion all have Davis' handprints deep in the cement of their foundations, and this disc documents some of his best work during the second of those periods. In the mid-'50s he started what would be a tumultuous musical relationship with John Coltrane, and what would eventually become one of the greatest combos in jazz history began to coalesce: alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones in addition to Davis and Coltrane.
All Tracks Previously Unissued. This release presents, for the first time on any format, the only three known 1956-57 Café Bohemia broadcasts by the Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane on tenor sax, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Among the highlights are Miles’ only existing live versions of Girl in Calico, Stablemates and How Am I to Know?. Shortly after the third of these broadcasts, Coltrane would leave Miles to be replaced by Sonny Rollins. He would return in 1958, when Bill Evans replaced Garland on piano, as showed by our fourth, May 17, 1958 broadcast. As a bonus, an amazing and also never before released tour de force by Miles on A Night in Tunisia taped in Washington in 1953, as well as an all-star 1958 jam session on What Is This Thing Called Love?
The tracks on this CD were selected from four live-in-the-studio recordings made by Davis' combo shortly after the sessions for the Milestones LP were completed, and it features burning renditions of such period favorites as "Bye Bye Blackbird" (featuring some unfortunately inaudible piano by Bill Evans), "Bag's Groove" (featuring some strangely incongruous Latin percussion), and Thelonious Monk's "Straight, No Chaser" (in a particularly blistering, hard-charging version). Coltrane is fresh from having kicked his heroin habit and is in especially sharp form here – these sessions are a major find.