This was one of the nearly 50 concerts performed by the so-called Giants of Jazz, a true all-star group that toured Europe during the last few months of 1971 and the first few months of 1972.
On May 19, 1961, Miles Davis was showcased at a Carnegie Hall concert, performing with his quintet of the time (tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb) and, for the first time in public, the Gil Evans Orchestra. Although thought of by some later on as being in an off period since he was between innovations, Miles' trumpet chops were actually in prime form during 1961-63, as he shows throughout the date. All of the music on this 1998 two-CD set has been out before, either on the original LP of the same name or on the later album More Music From the Legendary Carnegie Hall Concert, but this is the first time that the two sets have been reproduced in their original order.
Reissue with the latest remastering and the original cover artwork. Comes with a description written in Japanese. Lionel Hampton was always at his best in a concert setting and this 1979 performance in Haarlem, the Netherlands, is not exception. Fronting a tentet consisting of both veterans and younger musicians, the vibraphonist's energy is contagious to both his band and the audience. The opener, "Glad Hamp" is a furious reworking of the chord changes to "I Got Rhythm," showcasing trumpeter Joe Newman.
The photograph on the cover might throw some people off, but this album is a compilation of songs from Don's small group dates from the early 60s, "How Time Passes," "Out Of Nowhere," and "Essence." The packaging is kind of generic, but the CD was issued by the Giants of Jazz label with the good intention that more of Don's recordings should be available to the public…a sentiment with which I couldn't agree more. I would recommend seeking out the original albums to get the full program of each, but since "Essence" has been out of print for decades, the four tracks pulled from that album are worth the bargain price of this CD. The booklet includes a brief timeline of Don's career.