The Musings of Miles in 1955 was an album that finally began showcasing the future path Miles would take with his groups. The album included Red Garland and Philly Joe Jones, two-thirds of his rhythm section that rounded out the group that went on to be known as the first Great Quintet.
*It should be noted that Miles recorded an album called “Blues Moods” with Charles Mingus and Elvin Jones a month after The Musings of Miles. It was on Mingus’ short lived record label, Debut Records. It was a fairly low key release.*
This record started a very fruitful relationship between Philly Joe and Miles.
Percy Heath, Elmo Hope and Philly Joe Jones during the Elmo Hope Trio session, Hackensack NJ, June 18 1953
Lee Morgan was just 19 when he recorded The Cooker. Joining him up front is Pepper Adams. Their take on the Gillespie standard, Night in Tunisia is the stuff of legend. It starts off a bit slow, but Morgan’s energetic solo picks things up a little over a minute and a half into the song. Adams’ blistering baritone sax comes roaring in after Morgan’s fiery solo.
This is a great album to have, not just for the young Lee Morgan, but also for the brilliant performance by Pepper Adams.