27/03/2021: “It Never Entered My Mind” by Miles Davis

There are many versions of this song. In fact, there are two versions by Miles Davis alone!

Originally, it was written in 1940 by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rogers. Covered by jazz luminaries such as Stan Getz and pop titans such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, the song has, in my opinion, found its richest expression through Davis’ trumpet and his quintet.

Although here, John Coltrane doesn’t actually play. A great shame. But with Red Garland’s haunting piano playing and Paul Chambers delicate bass, its not a disaster. Far from it!

I especially love Garland’s part. Notes ripple into life and dart daintily between the bold trumpet. A masterclass in jazz piano.

Davis’ first version was released in 1954 on Miles Davis, Volume 3. This one appears two years later on Workin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet.

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