Taken from the Miles Davis Quintet's legendary stay at the Plugged Nickel in Chicago, this finds the young group (comprised of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams) stretching out on "If I Were a Bell," "Stella by Starlight," "Walkin'," and "Milestones," whipping through the melodies quickly and then really tearing into the chord changes à la Ornette Coleman. Rarely again would Miles Davis be captured on record playing standards; the emphasis was shifting to continuous medleys full of original material.
Scott Yanow - AMG
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