Continuing its exhaustive Miles Davis archiving, Columbia/Legacy drops this two-CD set—along with In Person Saturday Night at the Blackhawk, Complete—devoted to an April 1961 performance

Continuing its exhaustive Miles Davis archiving, Columbia/Legacy drops this two-CD set—along with In Person Saturday Night at the Blackhawk, Complete—devoted to an April 1961 performance at the titular San Francisco club. Captured here between the pensive Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain sessions of 1959-1960 and the debut of his great '60s quintet, the trumpeter returns to his hard-bop roots. Davis is partnered in the front line with rough-and-tumble tenorist Hank Mobley; the rhythm section—pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb—cooks hot and funky. The reissue reinstates the original performance order, restores previously edited numbers, and adds unreleased tracks. It's a bonanza for Davis connoisseurs and tough stuff for unreconstructed bop addicts.—CM