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December 13, 1974 (9 items; TT = 121:48)
Smiling Dog Saloon, Cleveland OH
Audience recording (B-)

Miles Davis (tpt, org); Sonny Fortune (ss, as, fl); Pete Cosey (g, perc); Reggie Lucas (g); Dominique Gaumont (g); Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d); James Mtume Forman (cga, perc)

First fragment
1 Band warming up 0:42
2 Funk [Prelude, part 1] (M. Davis) 22:53
3 For Dave [Mr. Foster] (M. Davis) 14:48
4 Hip Skip (M. Davis) 12:11
5 Right Off (incomplete) (M. Davis) 11:33

Second fragment
6 Agharta Prelude (M. Davis) 14:00
7 Maiysha (inc, with applause) (M. Davis) 23:20

Splice at 17:17

Third fragment
8 Hip Skip (incomplete) (M. Davis) 5:05

Fortune out
9 Calypso Frelimo (with applause) (M. Davis) 17:16

The Davis Octet was booked for four nights at the Smiling Dog Saloon, December 12-15 (Thursday-Saturday). I'm not sure how these three fragments were performed (i.e. how many sets, in what order, etc.), or from which night(s) the music is taken. Given the two versions of "Hip Skip," it seems likely that this is from more than one concert.

The Octet was quite busy during this period: Allen Theatre, Cleveland (November 1); Bottom Line Club, New York (November 3-4); Club Etcetera, Washington (November 11-14); The Stables, East Lansing (December 11); Bottom Line Club, New York (November 18); Smiling Dog Saloon, Cleveland (December 12-15).

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