Miles Davis began playing with Sonny Rollins around 1949-50, shortly after the trumpeter left his chair in the Charlie Parker Quintet. After I quit playing with Bird, wrote Miles in his Autobiography, I just went across the street and got a job at the Onyx Club. I got Sonny Rollins on tenor saxophone, Roy Haynes on drums, Percy Heath on bass, and Walter Bishop on piano. I tried not to look back. Their existing recorded output, however, dates between 1951 and 1957. This 1951 session finds them in great form playing along other jazz masters such as Jackie McLean, Walter Bishop, Jr., and Art Blakey. Two songs that complete the session but were not included on the original LP have been added as a bonus, among them Conception, on which the great Charles Mingus replaces Tommy Potter on bass.
Deluxe 71 disc box set that contains 52 single CD and double CD albums (which includes the previously unreleased full-length audio version of his 1970 Isle Of Wight performance). The essay is complemented by brief annotations written by Franck Bergerot, covering every single one of the 52 albums. The cornerstones of the box set are the studio and live albums that were released during his tenure at the label, more than 40 titles that he recorded in the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s.
The explosive transformation of Miles Davis’ “second great Quintet” with Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and Tony Williams (drums) is laid bare on this release. Culled from original state-owned television and radio sources in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, and Sweden, the program spans five northern European festival performances over the course of nine days in October-November 1967. The audio shows consist entirely of previously unreleased or previously only bootlegged material. This is a 3-CD + DVD package, with an 8-panel digipak with 28-page booklet.