'Round About Midnight (Reissue) (Vinyl LP)

Vinyl LP

The performances snap and sparkle, the quality of the recording is bright and warm, and the tunes—still leaning on ballads and a few bop standards—sound reinvigorated. Miles’ road-honed band—John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones— is on point, blowing and bouncing off each other: check out the subdued drama and gentle bounce in Bye Bye Blackbird. The dark, moody opening of Dear Old Stockholm that finally lets the light in at the end of the theme. Or the collective shoulder-rubbing on Ah-Leu-Cha, its melodic line played deliciously out-of-sync by Miles and Coltrane. 

This was the hard-hitting, hard bop recording that introduced Miles Davis to a mainstream audience, and introduced Miles to CBS’s cutting-edge, high-ceilinged 30th Street Studio in midtown Manhattan. Whereas his albums for Prestige—especially the last four (Cookin’Relaxin’Workin’ and Steamin’) had been primarily first-take, no-rehearsal affairs, Miles’ debut on Columbia resulted from three long sessions, with multiple recordings of carefully selected material. The final release of each tune spliced the better parts of two or more takes. 

Tracklisting:

1. 'Round Midnight
2. Ah Leu-Cha
3. All of You
4. Bye Bye Blackbird
5. Tadd's Delight
6. Dear Old Stockholm