"All Blues" by The Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis was a stud, period. Sure, he spent ten years hiding in a huge house in the Hollywood Hills ordering pizza and beating up Cicely Tyson, but before he got wierd, he was not only one of the greatest trumpeters ever, not only one of the greatest arrangers ever, but also one of the greatest judges of talent EVER. Look at this line-up: Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Ron Carter on bass, Herbie Hancock on piano, Anthony Williams on drums, and Miles himself on trumpet. An all-star at every position, and Davis discovered these guys, John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Chick Correa, Bill Evans, and scores of others. Talk about talent. And "All Blues" stills stuns me. The fact that a cat as caucasian as Steve Allen let it be played in its entirety on one of his shows just blows me away. That would never happen today, unless it were sampled for some punk thug to rap over, and that would be sacrilege.

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