Album: Miles Davis Quintet, Zurich 1960 (TCB/Montreux Jazz)

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First official release for this excellent-quality recording of the Kind of Blue-era Davis Quintet, with Wynton Kelly on piano added to Coltrane, Chambers and Cobb.

The received view is that the two principals had already gone their separate stylistic ways: Davis ever more minimal, Coltrane all "sheets of sound". But it's the ice-and-fire contrast that creates such high drama. Both men play superbly, and Coltrane's solo on "So What" anticipates everything that followed. Amazing.