Miles Davis/John Coltrane

Miles Davis Plays Music for Lovers/ John Coltrane Plays Music for Lovers

In 1965 Prestige inaugurated a series of Music for Lovers—by now a common practice—that focused on ballads. The first featured Davis’ mid-’50s quartet with the incomparable Red Garland on piano. This was the period when Davis’ Harmon-muted trumpet playing was likened by one critic as “walking on egg shells.” Among the highlights are “My Funny Valentine” and a classic “’Round Midnight” with Coltrane.

On his first sessions as a leader after leaving Davis, Coltrane was in his “sheets of sound” phase, but here he reins in his tendency to pile up chords and wrings the most out of his ballad choices, among them superb versions of “Lush Life,” “Stardust” and “Like Someone in Love.” These are both new compilations that run 63 and 72 minutes respectively. Perfect for those late night cool-downs.