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4 stars One of a series of contractual obligation albums Miles Davis and his "First Great Quintet" recorded for Prestige in 1956 as they prepared to hit the big time with Columbia. I think I enjoyed this most out of the bunch. All the tracks except one here come from the earlier of the two dates, May 11, 1956. Surrey with the Fringe is blessed with a decidedly non- run-of-the-mill solo by Coltrane and features Red Garland at his most elegant. For the muted-Miles romance mode, When I Fall In Love can't be beat with one of Garland's loveliest chordal solos. There's some fast playing too on Salt Peanuts but the somewhat less steamin' ballads are the best on this.
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3 stars One of the couple of 1956 excellent albums with the first classic quintet including Coltrane, this is, just like the other four collections, very impressive collection first and foremost due to playing, in absence of any original material.

Brass instruments lead the pack with excellent melodies and soloing, piano is more subdued and atmospheric. Davis excells at lyrical playing such as in "Something I dreamed last night" and "When I fall in love" but equally love highly energetic pieces including old standard "Salt peanuts" with all players getting loose but mainly the drummer hitting everywhere in his solo. This is a balanced album that will mainly attract jazz fans and less likely prog fans.

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