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Miles Davis - Great 5 (2016) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

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Miles Davis - Great 5 (2016) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

Miles Davis - Great 5 (2016) [Esoteric Japan Boxset]
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 223:20 minutes | 5,89 GB
FLAC (Mono/Stereo tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 223:20 min | 5,11 GB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSS-90154~58 | Artwork: Basic Scans +

ESOTERIC proudly introduces a new series of re-master collection - A great Jazz collection. This newly remastered box set, titled as "Great 5" features the five albums recorded by Miles Davis for Columbia label. Includes the follow titles: 'Round About Midnight (Mono); Milestones (Mono); Porgy And Bess; Sketches Of Spain; Miles Smiles. These new audio versions feature ESOTERIC's proprietary re-mastering process to achieve the highest level of sound quality.


Miles Davis - Great 5 (2016) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight (1957/2016)
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 39:29 minutes | 1,09 GB
FLAC (Mono tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 39:29 minutes | 910 MB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSS-90154 | Artwork: Basic Scans

Given that 'Round About Midnight was Miles Davis' debut Columbia recording, it was both a beginning and an ending. Certainly the beginning of his recording career with the label that issued most if not all of his important recordings; and the recording debut of an exciting new band that had within its ranks Philly Joe Jones, Paul Chambers, pianist Red Garland, and an all but unknown tenor player named John Coltrane. The title track was chosen because of its unique rendition with a muted trumpet, and debuted at the Newport Jazz Festival the summer before to a thunderous reception. The date was also an ending of sorts because by the time of the album's release, Davis had already broken up the band, which re-formed with Cannonball Adderley a year later as a sextet, but it was a tense year. When Coltrane moves in for his break, rather than Davis' spare method, he smatters notes quickly all though the melodic body of the tune and Garland has to compensate harmonically, moving the mode and tempo up a notch until his own solo can bring it back down again. Which he does with a gorgeous all-blues read of the tune utilizing first one hand and then both hands to create fat harmonic chords to bring Davis back in to close it out. It's breathtaking how seamless it all is. There's little else to say except that 'Round About Midnight is among the most essential of Davis' Columbia recordings.

Tracklist:

01 - 'Round Midnight
02 - Ah-Leu-Cha
03 - All Of You
04 - Bye Bye Blackbird
05 - Tadd's Delight
06 - Dear Old Stockholm

Recorded on October 26, 1955; June 5 & September 10, 1956 at Columbia studios, NYC.

Musicians:
Miles Davis - trumpet
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Red Garland - piano
Paul Chambers - double bass
Philly Joe Jones - drums

Analyzed: Miles Davis / 'Round About Midnight
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -6.48 dB -22.25 dB 6:03 01-'Round Midnight
DR13 -6.47 dB -21.12 dB 5:56 02-Ah-Leu-Cha
DR13 -6.28 dB -21.40 dB 7:09 03-All Of You
DR13 -6.34 dB -21.45 dB 7:58 04-Bye Bye Blackbird
DR13 -6.41 dB -21.09 dB 4:30 05-Tadd's Delight
DR13 -6.57 dB -21.52 dB 7:52 06-Dear Old Stockholm
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Number of tracks: 6
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64
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Size of the folder with DSF files ~ 1,55 GB


Miles Davis - Great 5 (2016) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

Miles Davis - Milestones (1958/2016)
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 48:18 minutes | 1,3 GB
FLAC (Mono tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 48:18 minutes | 1,04 GB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSS-90155 | Artwork: Basic Scans

What is immedately noticeable upon listening to Miles Davis' classic first – and only – album with his original sextet is how deep the blues presence is on it. Though it's true that the album's title cut is rightfully credited with introducing modalism into jazz, and defining Davis' music for years to come, it is the sole selection of its kind on the record. The rest is all blues in any flavor you wish you call your own. For starters, there's the steaming bebop blues of "Dr. Jackle," recorded in 1955 for a Prestige session with Jackie McLean. Davis is still in his role as a trumpet master, showing a muscularity of tone that reveals something more akin to Roy Eldridge or Louis Armstrong than Dizzy or Fats Navarro. The tempo is furious, as all the members of the sextet solo except for Jones. The saxophonists trade choruses and come off sounding like mirrored images of one another in the slower, post-bop blues that is "Sid's Ahead," which is followed by "Two Bass Hit," written by Dizzy and John Lewis. It's an off-kilter blues with a wide middle section, no doubt for Lewis' piano to fill. But then comes "Milestones" with its modal round and interval, where harmony is constructed from the center up. It is a memorable tune for not only its structure and how it would inform not only Davis' own music, but jazz in general for the next seven years. The album's closer is Monk's "Straight, No Chaser," which became a signature tune for the sextet even when Garland and Jones left to be replaced by Bill Evans and Jimmy Cobb, and later Evans by Wynton Kelly.

Tracklist:

01 - Dr. Jekyll
02 - Sid's Ahead
03 - Two Bass Hit
04 - Milestones
05 - Billy Boy
06 - Straight, No Chaser

Recorded on February 4 & March 4, 1958 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC.

Musicians:
Miles Davis - trumpet, piano on "2"
Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley - alto saxophone
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Red Garland - piano
Paul Chambers - double bass
Philly Joe Jones - drums

Analyzed: Miles Davis / Milestones
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -6.30 dB -20.85 dB 5:57 01-Dr. Jekyll
DR13 -6.34 dB -21.17 dB 13:13 02-Sid's Ahead
DR12 -6.01 dB -19.80 dB 5:17 03-Two Bass Hit
DR13 -6.32 dB -21.36 dB 5:49 04-Milestones
DR13 -6.39 dB -21.26 dB 7:19 05-Billy Boy
DR13 -6.38 dB -20.87 dB 10:43 06-Straight, No Chaser
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Number of tracks: 6
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64
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Size of the folder with DSF files ~ 1,9 GB


Miles Davis - Great 5 (2016) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

Miles Davis - Porgy And Bess (1959/2016)
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 51:25 minutes | 1,34 GB
FLAC (Stereo tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 51:25 minutes | 1,18 GB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSS-90156 | Artwork: Basic Scans

Tomes are available annotating the importance of this recording. The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evans, and in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess are indeed profound. However, the most efficient method of extricating the rhetoric and opining is to experience the recording. Few other musical teams would have had the ability to remain true to the undiluted spirit and multifaceted nuance of this epic work. However, no other musical teams were Miles Davis and Gil Evans. It was Evans' intimate knowledge of the composition as well as the performer that allowed him to so definitively capture the essence of both. The four dates needed to complete work on Porgy and Bess include contributions from several members of his most recent musical aggregate: Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (alto sax), Paul Chambers (bass), and Jimmy Cobb (drums). Although the focus and emphasis is squarely on Davis throughout, the contributions of the quartet on "Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)," "I Loves You, Porgy," and "There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York" are immeasurable. They provide a delicate balance in style and, under the direction of Evans, incorporate much of the same energy and intonation here as they did to their post-bop recordings. There is infinitely more happening on Porgy and Bess, however, with much of the evidence existing in the subtle significance of the hauntingly lyrical passages from Danny Banks' (alto flute) solos, which commence on "Fishermen, Strawberry and Devil Crab." Or the emotive bass and tuba duet that runs throughout "Buzzard Song." The impeccable digital remastering and subsequent reissue – which likewise applies to the Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings box set – only magnifies the refulgence of Porgy and Bess. Likewise, two previously unissued performances have been appended to the original baker's dozen. No observation or collection of American jazz can be deemed complete without this recording.

Tracklist:

01 - The Buzzard Song
02 - Bess, You Is My Woman Now
03 - Gone
04 - Gone, Gone, Gone
05 - Summertime
06 - Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
07 - Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
08 - Fishermen, Strawberry And Devil Crab
09 - My Man's Gone Now
10 - It Ain't Necessarily So
11 - Here Come de Honey Man
12 - I Loves You, Porgy
13 - There's A Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York

Recorded on July 22 & 29 and August 4 & 18, 1958 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC.

Miles Davis – trumpet, flugelhorn
Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Johnny Coles and Louis Mucci – trumpet
Dick Hixon, Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland and Joe Bennett – trombone
Willie Ruff, Julius Watkins and Gunther Schuller – horn
Bill Barber – tuba
Phil Bodner, Jerome Richardson and Romeo Penque – flute, alto flute & clarinet
Cannonball Adderley – alto saxophone
Danny Bank – alto flute, bass flute & bass clarinet
Paul Chambers – bass
Philly Joe Jones – drums (except tracks 2, 8, 10 & 11)
Jimmy Cobb – drums (tracks 2, 8, 10 & 11)
Gil Evans – arranger & conductor


Analyzed: Miles Davis / Porgy And Bess
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -6.37 dB -22.40 dB 4:15 01-The Buzzard Song
DR11 -6.53 dB -21.49 dB 5:15 02-Bess, You Is My Woman Now
DR12 -5.98 dB -20.71 dB 3:41 03-Gone
DR11 -9.65 dB -23.45 dB 2:07 04-Gone, Gone, Gone
DR12 -7.32 dB -21.54 dB 3:22 05-Summertime
DR10 -6.60 dB -21.02 dB 4:34 06-Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
DR11 -7.42 dB -21.66 dB 4:44 07-Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
DR11 -8.20 dB -24.14 dB 4:07 08-Fishermen, Strawberry And Devil Crab
DR12 -8.17 dB -23.23 dB 6:19 09-My Man's Gone Now
DR12 -6.71 dB -21.84 dB 4:29 10-It Ain't Necessarily So
DR10 -7.86 dB -25.05 dB 1:24 11-Here Come de Honey Man
DR12 -10.27 dB -26.30 dB 3:42 12-I Loves You, Porgy
DR11 -6.53 dB -20.13 dB 3:26 13-There's A Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York
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Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64
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Size of the folder with DSF files ~ 2,02 GB


Miles Davis - Great 5 (2016) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain (1960/2016)
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 42:16 minutes | 1,1 GB
FLAC (Stereo tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 42:16 minutes | 1,01 GB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSS-90157 | Artwork: Basic Scans

Along with Kind of Blue, In a Silent Way, and Round About Midnight, Sketches of Spain is one of Miles Davis' most enduring and innovative achievements. Recorded between November 1959 and March 1960 – after Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley had left the band – Davis teamed with Canadian arranger Gil Evans for the third time. Davis brought Evans the album's signature piece, "Concierto de Aranjuez," after hearing a classical version of it at bassist Joe Mondragon's house. Evans was as taken with it as Davis was, and set about to create an entire album of material around it. The result is a masterpiece of modern art. On the "Concierto," Evans' arrangement provided an orchestra and jazz band – Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Elvin Jones – the opportunity to record a classical work as it was. The piece, with its stunning colors and intricate yet transcendent adagio, played by Davis on a flügelhorn with a Harmon mute, is one of the most memorable works to come from popular culture in the 20th century. Davis' control over his instrument is singular, and Evans' conducting is flawless. Also notable are "Saeta," with one of the most amazing technical solos of Davis' career, and the album's closer, "Solea," which is conceptually a narrative piece, based on an Andalusian folk song, about a woman who encounters the procession taking Christ to Calvary. She sings the narrative of his passion and the procession – or parade – with full brass accompaniment moving along. Cobb and Jones, with flamenco-flavored percussion, are particularly wonderful here, as they allow the orchestra to indulge in the lushly passionate arrangement Evans provided to accompany Davis, who was clearly at his most challenged here, though he delivers with grace and verve. Sketches of Spain is the most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made. To listen to it in the 21st century is still a spine-tingling experience, as one encounters a multitude of timbres, tonalities, and harmonic structures seldom found in the music called jazz.

Tracklist:

01 - Concierto De Aranjuez
02 - Will O' The Wisp
03 - The Pan Piper
04 - Saeta
05 - Solea

Recorded on November 15 & 20 1959 and March 10, 1960 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC.

Miles Davis – trumpet, flugelhorn
Danny Bank – bass clarinet
Bill Barber – tuba
John Barrows – French horn
Albert Block – flute
James Buffington – French horn
Eddie Caine – flute
Paul Chambers – bass
Earl Chapin – French horn
Jimmy Cobb – drums
Johnny Coles – trumpet
Harold Feldman – clarinet, flute, oboe
Bernie Glow – trumpet
Dick Hixon – trombone
Elvin Jones – percussion
Taft Jordan – trumpet
Jack Knitzer – bassoon
Jose Mangual – percussion
Jimmy McAllister – tuba
Tony Miranda – French horn
Louis Mucci – trumpet
Romeo Penque – oboe
Janet Putnam – harp
Frank Rehak – trombone
Ernie Royal – trumpet
Joe Singer – French horn
Gil Evans – arranger, conductor


Analyzed: Miles Davis / Scetches Of Spain
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -5.77 dB -23.86 dB 16:28 01-Concierto De Aranjuez
DR13 -6.84 dB -23.49 dB 3:54 02-Will O' The Wisp
DR12 -8.46 dB -24.33 dB 3:58 03-The Pan Piper
DR12 -5.92 dB -21.15 dB 5:38 04-Saeta
DR12 -6.24 dB -21.47 dB 12:18 05-Solea
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Number of tracks: 5
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64
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Size of the folder with DSF files ~ 1,66 GB


Miles Davis - Great 5 (2016) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

Miles Davis - Miles Smiles (1967/2016)
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 41:52 minutes | 1,09 GB
FLAC (Stereo tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 41:52 minutes | 1014 MB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSS-90158 | Artwork: Basic Scans

With their second album, Miles Smiles, the second Miles Davis Quintet really began to hit their stride, delving deeper into the more adventurous, exploratory side of their signature sound. This is clear as soon as "Orbits" comes crashing out the gate, but it's not just the fast, manic material that has an edge – slower, quieter numbers are mercurial, not just in how they shift melodies and chords, but how the voicing and phrasing never settles into a comfortable groove. This is music that demands attention, never taking predictable paths or easy choices. Its greatest triumph is that it masks this adventurousness within music that is warm and accessible – it just never acts that way. No matter how accessible this is, what's so utterly brilliant about it is that the group never brings it forth to the audience. They're playing for each other, pushing and prodding each other in an effort to discover new territory. As such, this crackles with vitality, sounding fresh decades after its release. And, like its predecessor, ESP, this freshness informs the writing as well, as the originals are memorable, yet open-ended and nervy, setting (and creating) standards for modern bop that were emulated well into the new century. Arguably, this quintet was never better than they are here, when all their strengths are in full bloom.

Tracklist:

01 - Orbits
02 - Circle
03 - Footprints
04 - Dolores
05 - Freedom Jazz Dance
06 - Gingerbread Boy

Recorded on October 24 - October 25, 1966 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC.

Musicians:
Miles Davis - trumpet
Wayne Shorter - tenor saxophone
Herbie Hancock - piano
Ron Carter - double bass
Tony Williams - drums

Analyzed: Miles Davis / Miles Smiles
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -6.19 dB -20.33 dB 4:44 01-Orbits
DR14 -6.68 dB -23.99 dB 5:55 02-Circle
DR13 -6.57 dB -22.11 dB 9:49 03-Footprints
DR12 -6.39 dB -20.49 dB 6:22 04-Dolores
DR13 -6.27 dB -21.55 dB 7:16 05-Freedom Jazz Dance
DR11 -6.28 dB -19.30 dB 7:47 06-Gingerbread Boy
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Number of tracks: 6
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64
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Size of the folder with DSF files ~ 1,65 GB

ESOTERIC equipment used for re-mastering:
The criterion of re-mastering is to faithfully capture the quality of the original master. ESOTERIC′s flag ship D/A converters, model D-01VU, Rubidium master clock generator model G-0Rb and ESOTERIC MEXCEL interconnect cables and power cords, were all used for this re-mastering session. This combination of highly advanced technology greatly contributed to capturing the high quality sound of the original master.
This Box Set Produced by Motoaki Ohmachi (ESOTERIC COMPANY)
Mastering Engineer: Kazuie Sugimoto (Victor Creative Media Co., Ltd. Mastering Center)

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