Miles Davis & Sonny Rollins "Dig" (Compilation, Prestige, US, 1956) NM/VG+

"Excellent early Miles in the company of Sonny Rollins and a very young Jackie McLean on his first recording. It's a great swinging set, helped by Art Blakey's steady and flawless beat. One of the first recordings that allowed the tunes to exceed the three-minute barrier, this allows the musicians ample time to engage in great solos. Stylistically, Dig still owes more to bebop than to hardbop, which is not a bad thing at all as it feels a lot hotter and less formulaic than some of Miles' subsequent recordings, especially those for Blue Note. Jackie McLean still sounds a lot like Charlie Parker, which in this particular environment is not a bad thing either."

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