These sessions taken with the Quintet of John Coltrane, Red Garland, Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers during the Prestige era of albums, Miles, Workin’, Relaxin’, Steamin’, Modern Jazz Giants and Cookin’ encompassing the first three discs with the fourth disc containing television and radio appearances to see the light of day here for the first time.
Starting of with Miles or disc one, you can hear how much Coltrane is starting to learn. You can hear him just starting to get comfortable with the rest, especially on Stablemates.
With Miles starting to hit his peak with these albums, his expressions are starting to take shape. By letting Coltrane have "Trane’s Blues" and its great interaction between everyone, you can tell that these five were on their way to something good.
What is really important here is the fourth disc. The unreleased radio and television performances really standout. Taken from The Steve Allen Show the first four songs, two being a two being a spoken word intro by Allen seem to fade after awhile.
The last six performances taken from live from The Blue Note in Philadelphia in 1956 and from 1958 at the Café Bohemia in New York which you can tell on these nights it was Jones and Chambers’ nights to shine.
What is really interesting is that the disc is enhanced which includes the transcription s for "Tune Up" (the album version and the Blue Note) and "Four" (again original and Café Bohemia as well).
If you have the six albums you do not need to have this box set. The fourth disc makes the box set plus good linner notes by Bob Blumenthal. The box comes with great black and white photos. It is plan to see why Miles and this Quintet may be considered one of the best on record. That may be in black and white itself.