Miles Davis’ first album for Columbia, ‘Round About Midnight, represents both the beginning of a three-plus-decade relationship with the famed label as well as the start of an extended collaboration with then-unknown saxophonist John Coltrane. As one of the era’s only complete start-to-finish full-length LPs, the 1957 set stands as a hard-bop benchmark—a summation of the styles that came before its creation, an immersion into the period’s cutting-edge strains, and a hint of the modalism that would follow. 

Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s hybrid mono SACD traces the individual paths each musician takes in contributing to the whole, whether it’s pianist Red Garland’s left hand spinning actinoid chords or Coltrane infusing a tune with harmony-defying fills that suggest arabesque patterns. Recorded at three separate sessions, the music has never sounded so cohesive, immediate, or involving.

 

Tracklist

  1. Round Midnight
  2. Ah-Leu-Cha
  3. All of You
  4. Bye Bye Blackbird
  5. Tadd’s Delight
  6. Dear Old Stockholm