Song of the Day: Miles Davis Quintet – “Footprints”

On this day (October 24) in 1966, trumpeter Miles Davis began the recording session for Miles Smiles, his sophomore album with his now-famous Second Great Quintet, which featured saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. The album was famous for its captivating repertoire, with several of the tracks going on to become essentials of the Miles Davis canon. “Footprints,” a tune originally composed by Shorter and included on the saxophonist’s album Adam’s Apple, was an immediate standout, with a kinetic bassline and gliding melody that seemed perfectly suited to Davis’ laid-back, reticent style. We’re happy to present it as our Song of the Day.

Join Our Email Newsletter

Join thousands of other jazz enthusiasts and get new music, artists, albums, events and more delivered to your inbox.

The Authoritative Voice in Jazz

FOLLOW US ON

MEETING MILES

Miles Davis Special Issue

By submitting, you give JAZZIZ Magazine permission to keep you updated via email or customized online advertising. You can opt out at any time. Check our privacy policy for more details.

Enter your email below for a free MEETING MILES: FACE TO FACE WITH THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS Special Issue!