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OST – Miles Davis – John Lee Hooker: The Hot Spot

OST – Miles Davis – John Lee Hooker: The Hot Spot
Soundtrack | Jazz | Blues | mp3 320 kbps Stereo | 96 Mb
The Hot Spot blends Miles Davis’ lonely blue trumpet, with John Lee Hooker’s moans and machine-gun electric guitar, Taj Mahal’s country guitar picking, and Ry Cooder’s peerless slide guitar.

It’s a musical Dream Team of sorts and the potential is staggering. Each of these artists is an icon in his own right. How do they blend together?

To be honest, the results are mixed. There are some absolute standout songs here—a few choice tracks that merit you rushing down to your local record store and buying this album straightaway: Bank Robbery, for instance, is the pitch-perfect blend of jazz and blues—a hard driving, blend…equal parts sophisticated bop and raw blasts of juke joint guitar. There are moments of absolute, jaw-dropping beauty, in which each artist displays their trademark style without smothering anyone else’s sound.”

– Vernon Felton


1. Coming To Town – John Lee Hooker, Earl Palmer, Tim Drummond, Miles Davis, Roy Rogers
2. Empty Bank – Taj Mahal, Miles Davis, Earl Palmer, Tim Drummond, Roy Rogers
3. Harry’s Philosophy – John Lee Hooker
4. Dolly’s Arrival – Earl Palmer, Tim Drummond, Roy Rogers, Taj Mahal
8. Moanin’ – John Lee Hooker
9. Gloria’s Story – Miles Davis, Bradford Ellis
10. Harry Sets Up Sutton – John Lee Hooker, Tim Drummond, Miles Davis, Roy Rogers, Taj Mahal
11. Murder – John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis, Tim Drummond, Roy Rogers, Bradford Ellis
12. Blackmail – Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Earl Palmer, Tim Drummond, Roy Rogers, Taj Mahal
13. End Credits – John Lee Hooker, Earl Palmer, Tim Drummond, Miles Davis, Roy Rogers, Taj Mahal

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May 22, 2008 Posted by | Miles Davis, Milt Jackson, Music_Jazz, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Miles Davis and Milt Jackson – Quintet and Sextet (1955)

Miles Davis and Milt Jackson – Quintet and Sextet (1955)
MP3 | 192kbps | Cover + Tray | | 51mb
Genre: Jazz
This classic was recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on August 5, 1955.

The LP was originally released on Prestige (7034).

The personnel as well of course as Miles on trumpet, are Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Jackie McLean (alto saxophone), Ray Bryant (piano), Percy Heath (bass) and Art Taylor (drums).
Quintet and Sextet is notable for two compositions by Jackie McLean: “Dr. Jackle” and “Minor March” (which appears on his famous 1959 Blue Note date New Soil as “Minor Apprehension”).

“Dr. Jackle” is a Charlie Parker-ish line featuring a masterful Milt Jackson symposium on the blues – Miles’ typically lyric approach, a tart, spacious flight from McLean, and a soulful, dancing Ray Bryant.

“Minor March” is a mysterious minor figure with jabbing rhythm breaks and a joyous bridge that recalls “Tempus Fugit.” McLean’s vaulting cadences and fervent cry anticipate the rapture of his mature style, and Bryant takes a harmonically adventuresome solo.

Elsewhere the group digs into the Bud Powell-like changes of Ray Bryant’s low, slow “Changes” (over the rock solid groove of Percy Heath and Art Taylor), and the quirky harmonies and angular melodies of Thad Jones’ “Bitty Ditty.”

“Changes” inspires a lovely muted statement from Davis, and illustrates Bryant’s unique blend of blues, sanctified gospel and bebop. Davis and Jackson combine for pungent voicings on the head to “Bitty Ditty,” then demonstrate their elegant mastery of harmony and swing. Both are inspired by the shape of Jones’ line, completely unfazed by its intricacies.

Most of Miles Davis’ Prestige recordings (all of which are currently available in the Original Jazz Classics series) have also been reissued by the audiophile CD label DCC Jazz. This is one of the trumpeter’s lesser-known sets, an outing with friends: the up-and-coming pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Percy Heath, drummer Art Taylor, vibraphonist Milt Jackson and (on two of the four songs) altoist Jackie McLean. The brevity of the program (only a touch over 30 minutes) keeps this enjoyable outing from being too essential.

Q Magazine (3/00, p.118) – 4 stars out of 5

“…packs more excitement and inspiration into half an hour than a good deal of the more substantial and feted Davis/Coltrane sessions that would follow….vibraphonist Milt Jackson is in unusually aggressive mood and Davis himself is at his sweetest.”

Lesser heralded than their collaboration with Monk (as documented on BAGS’ GROOVE and MILES DAVIS AND THE MODERN JAZZ GIANTS), this August 5, 1955 session with vibraphonist Milt Jackson was Miles’ last all-star collaboration before the formation of his first classic quintet. It marked a farewell to an older generation of acolytes and fellow travellers. Miles was entering a new era of leadership and international stardom, and generally he would only record with his working groups.


1. Dr.Jackle 8.47
2. Bitty Ditty 6.31
3. Minor March 8.12
4. Changes 7.08

Here be Miles and Milt

Miles and Milt

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May 21, 2008 Posted by | Miles Davis, Milt Jackson, Music_Jazz, _MUSIC | 3 Comments