steamin' is the last in a collection of four davis releases that came from studio sessions with red garland (piano), john coltrane (tenor sax), paul chambers (bass), and philly joe jones (drums). this group proved to be one of the most important corroborations in jazz, and steamin' is littered with examples why. "surrey with the fringe on top" sets the tone for the entire release. it continues a tradition where davis takes ordinary melodies, rearranges and improvises around them, and creates magic. the two tributes to jazz legends dizzy gillespie ("salt peanuts") and thelonious monk ("well, you needn't") are highlights and are the two fastest pace cuts. they stand on their own, and even re-define these standards despite the huge shoes they are filling. davis creates a wonderful meloncholly feel on "something i dreamed last night". "diane"'s spunky feel gets kicked into overdrive as davis and coltrane trade solos. garland's sensitive piano treatment complements davis' melody beautifully in "when i fall in love".