If you have an argument over who was the greatest musician of the past century—and assuming you're speaking with someone who listens to more than just rock music—you'll probably end up at one of two answers: Miles Davis or John Coltrane. The two jazz legends did remarkable and ridiculous things with their instruments and that's why it's crazy to believe that the two were in the same group for more than five years. A new collection of lost recordings from the Miles Davis Quintet's European tour during 1960 plus numerous radio recordings will be released during early December by the Acrobat label.
All of You: The Last Tour will feature four discs of material, some of which "have previously been available in a patchy and piecemeal fashion. This is the first time that a substantial body of the material recorded during the tour has been brought together in one collection," according to the press release issued (via JazzTimes).
It totals more than six hours of listening. Of course none of it has been heard yet but it's almost impossible to go wrong with that rendition of the Davis Quintet, as the two stars (Davis laying trumpet and Coltrane on sax) channel and encourage each other's respective geniuses. Listen to Round About Midnight to get a preview of what to expect.
The lineup featured on All of You includes Jimmy Cobb on drums, Paul Chambers on bass as always plus Wynton Kelly handling piano.
The four-disc set will also include a 36-page booklet featuring liner notes from saxophonist Simon Spillett.