“Cookin’ At The Plugged Nickel” is taken from The Miles Davis Quintet’s legendary stay at the Plugged Nickel in Chicago. This recording finds the young group (comprised of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams) stretching out on “If I Were a Bell”, “Stella by Starlight”, “Walkin” and “Milestones”, and whipping through the melodies quickly and then really tearing into the chord changes à la Ornette Coleman.
Rarely again would Miles Davis be captured on record playing standards, the emphasis was shifting to continuous medleys full of original material.
There were three versions of the December 1965 Plugged Nickel sessions. The first, a double LP entitled “Live At The Plugged Nickel”, initially released in 1976 in Japan and released in the U.S. in 1982.
The second version, featuring the songs “If I Were A Bell”, “Stella By Starlight”, “Walkin”, and “Miles” (Milestones) was a single LP entitled “Cookin’ At The Plugged Nickel” released in 1987 (cited here) as part of the Columbia Jazz Masterpieces series.
The third release is the 8 CD boxed set “The Complete Live At The Plugged Nickel”, currently out of print.
Promotional Copy. Original Label. LP. Columbia CJ 40645. NM*****