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July 4, 1966 (7 items; TT = 40:22)
Festival Field, Newport RI
Voice of America (VOA) broadcast (B)
Miles Davis Quintet
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Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d); Willis Conover (ann); Leonard Feather (ann)

1 Introduction (Willis Conover) 0:04
2 Gingerbread Boy (J. Heath) 8:28
3 All Blues (M. Davis) 10:29
4 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 7:58

Incomplete (7:05) on Domino
5 R.J. (R. Carter) 6:21
6 Seven Steps to Heaven (V. Feldman-M. Davis) 4:46
7 The Theme (with applause, closing announcement) (M. Davis) 2:16


1 Introduction (Willis Conover)
CD: Domino 891209

2 Gingerbread Boy
CD: Columbia 88875 08195, Domino 891209

3 All Blues
CD: Columbia 88875 08195, Domino 891209

4 Stella by Starlight
CD: Columbia 88875 08195, Domino 891209

5 R.J.
CD: Columbia 88875 08195

6 Seven Steps to Heaven
CD: Columbia 88875 08195

7 The Theme (with applause, closing announcement)
CD: Columbia 88875 08195


This is the only extant live recording of "R.J.," which was recorded in the studio in January 1965 and released on E.S.P. in August. The introduction by Willis Conover and the closing announcement by Leonard Feather are almost certainly from different recordings. The version of "Gingerbread Boy" included on the Columbia Legacy Newport box is faded in at the beginning and is missing the first several seconds of Williams' introduction.

There has been some confusion about the date of this performance, but July 4 seems to be correct. The date is listed in a pre-festival advertisement in the New York Amsterdam News (June 25); and a review of the festival in Down Beat (August 11) confirms that the Quintet played on July 4.

The Quintet performed at Chicago's Plugged Nickel Club (July 20-31), then played in Cleveland at the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival (August 6). They were booked for an encore in Detroit's Cobo Arena on August 7: "George Wein Presents Festival Encore" -- scheduled along with the Quintet were Sarah Vaughan, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Horace Silver Quintet, the Jimmy Smith Trio, and Joe Williams. Thanks to Chris DeVito for this information.

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