It’s time to shine the Vinyl Spotlight! Every now and then on Paloozapalooza, I like to focus on a random LP from my collection. This week, we have:
Miles Davis – Someday My Prince Will Come (1961)
Someday My Prince Will Come is one of the more underrated records in Miles Davis’ whole discography. It’s a shame, too, because this is one heck of a record! Miles recorded Someday My Prince Will Come in 1961 with pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Hank Mobley plays sax on a lot of it as well, and John Coltrane himself even shows up for “Someday My Prince Will Come” and “Teo.”
Someday My Prince Will Come opens with the title track, one of my favorite Miles recordings of all time. The Disney classic was already practically a jazz standard by the 60s, but I enjoy this version more than any others I’ve heard over the years. Cobb’s drumming holds everything together, and Miles and Mobley are both great, but Coltrane’s solo absolutely steals the show.
My second favorite song on the record is “Pfrancing,” a playful Miles original. It starts off with Kelly playing a fast-paced part that always reaches out and grabs my attention, but then it slows down, with Kelly taking a backseat while the other musicians all take their turns in the spotlight. I love Miles’ solo here; it’s not necessarily long or all that complex, but it’s exactly what the song needed at that time.
“Teo,” another Miles original, also deserves some attention. (I guess it’s named after producer Teo Macero?) After a few opening notes from Chambers, things pick up and Davis goes to work, turning in possibly his best solo on the whole album. And then: Coltrane returns! There’s nothing else to be said, is there? You get Davis and Coltrane doing what they did best. Just gorgeous stuff here.
The rest of the album is great too. Sure, it’s no Milestones, Miles Ahead, or Bitches Brew, Someday My Prince Will Come is fine Miles Davis record. If you ever see it out in the wild, I highly recommend taking it home and giving it a spin.
Stream the full album, as well as a few bonus tracks not on my LP, below via Spotify …