The Bombing Mission that made history ! World War II American bomber crews rarely made it home. Survival rate: one in five. These deadly odds so appalled Academy-Award winning moviemaker David Puttnam (CHARIOTS OF FIRE) that he co-produced MEMPHIS BELLE, the account of of a young crew's bravery on their final mission. As the cameras shoot the stars of Puttnam's 1990 movie (among them Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz), the crew of yesteryear, the original glory boys, remember the real shooting 47 years ago when they flew over Nazi-occupied Europe.
This box set contains 82 tracks recorded by Miles Davis between 1945 and 1950. Miles' spark of genius was already apparent right from the start, and it's clear after listening to this set why Prestige gave him a lucrative recording contract which he would fulfill from 1951-1956 on his way to super-stardom. His distinctive sound on the trumpet is unmistakable here, even as a twenty year old…a sound that would delight the world for decades! This set is solid gold, filled with nuggets of beautiful jazz from start to finish. Many people may be content to limit their early Miles Davis collection to the Complete Birth Of The Cool CD, and that's fine, but you'll be missing out on lots of great music from one of the finest jazz artists of the 20th century!! The sound quality on this box set is great, save for a handful of recordings that are a little garbled but were included anyway because the playing is so beautiful.
The mainstream came to know this remarkable tenor sax player via bossa nova – his unforgettable, breathy solo on "The Girl from Ipanema" propelled the song to number five in 1964 and to continued popularity to this very day, every bit as much as Astrud Gilberto's equally stunning, spare voice. But Stan Getz's involvement in this populist '60s craze actually displeased many a serious jazz enthusiast who'd admired his work in that field for more than two decades. After all, this 17-time winner of the Down Beat poll for top tenor saxophonist had already staked out a remarkable reputation, playing in the bands of such vaunted names as Stan Kenton, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Woody Herman from 1944-1949, and then leading his own bands thereafter. This three-CD box, then, finds Getz in top form as a jazz soloist and bandleader.
4 x CD in book/DVD-style tall packaging. Containing 3 rare and previously unreleased concerts from San Francisco 1970, England 1970 and Melbourne Australia 1988. These concerts highlight the genius that was Miles Davies and are also an important piece of jazz history. All discs have been digitally remastered for superior sound quality .The iconic artwork and in dept sleeve notes make this a must have release for all true jazz fans.
Sure, the serious jazz collector will have no particular need to pay this release any mind. It has eight 1956-1967 Davis ballads, encompassing "'Round Midnight," orchestrated pieces with Gil Evans, and tracks with stellar sidemen like John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, and Herbie Hancock. The selections are ones that highlight Davis' more sultry and melancholy horn tones, played on the trumpet with the exception of "Blues for Pablo" on which he plays flügelhorn. ~ AllMusic