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  Columbia -
  CS 85245
  Miles Davis: Jazz at the Plaza
  "Jazz at the Plaza"

Miles Davis
Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone)
John Coltrane (tenor saxophone)
Bill Evans (piano)
Paul Chambers (bass)
Jimmy Cobb (drums)
Track listing:
  1. If I Were a Bell
2. Oleo
3. My Funny Valentine
4. Straight, No Chaser
  Single Layer
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Review by Ovation January 31, 2005 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
This is a great snapshot of one of the seminal jazz groups in history (hard to avoid cliche in this particular instance). A must have for Miles fans. A note about the sonics. Carefully prepared recordings from this era, like the RCA Living Stereo series, hold up to modern scrutiny quite well. This disc, however, is not one to use to showcase SACD to those unfamiliar with the format. The sonic flavour is one of almost bootleg quality (though a high-grade bootleg). If you already have the CD of this, I can't say it's worth upgrading to SACD, but as I didn't have any version of this, the SACD was worthwhile to me. I gave it 2 1/2 stars in sonic quality, only as it compares to the RCA series. Without those venerable recordings to compare it with, I'd probably give it a three or three and a half. As for the performance, I only gave it five stars because the system won't let me give more.

Recommended for anyone who doesn't already have it (as one should always try for the highest available fidelity), but not as a must "upgrade".

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Review by DeSelby May 15, 2005 (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
stereo sonics: besides the problems with the level control at the beginning, the sound is ok for a 58 live recording

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Review by gonzostick October 23, 2009 (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Beware this disc!!! Do not buy this thinking you will have something that sounds at least good. The sonics on this disc are TERRIBLE, especially when considering the sound of most of the contemporary Davis CBS recordings. David starts out way too loud in the tonsils of the microphone for the right channel, then recedes into the distance.

The playing of the group is wonderful, but the piano is terribly out of tune and sounds like the typical tin-can piano in most night clubs.

This is one of the worst live recordings I have ever heard, but the performances deserve to be heard, even if the sound is awful. The whole band sounds as if they had been recorded from another room.

So, let the buyer beware!!!

To recap: phenomenal playing, Terrible recording. Historic live sets.

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