Monday, February 16, 2015

Miles on Monday: Winter Warm-up with Miles

"The forecast calls for WHAT?"
It's a frigid, snowy winter day here in St. Louis, so for today's "Miles on Monday" post, here's a musical antidote in the form of a YouTube playlist filled with tracks from the legendary trumpeter that have titles evoking warmth.

Just click the video embed at the bottom of this post, and you should hear, in order:

* The complete album Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet, first recorded in 1956 but not released until 1961;
* "Summertime" from the 1958 album Porgy and Bess;
* "Once Upon a Summertime" and "Summer Night" from 1964's Quiet Nights;
* "Lonely Fire" (in two parts) from 1973's Big Fun;
* The complete soundtrack from the 1990 film The Hot Spot, composed by Jack Nietzsche and performed by a band featuring Davis and John Lee Hooker; and finally,
* A reprise of "Summertime," from Davis' performance with Quincy Jones and his orchestra at the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival.

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