Miles Ahead session details

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April 24, 1945 (8 items; TT = 21:13)
WOR Studios, New York NY
Commercial for Savoy
Herbie Fields Band with Rubberlegs Williams

Miles Davis (tpt); Herbie Fields (ts, cl); Henry "Rubberlegs" Williams (voc); Teddy Brannon (p); Leonard Gaskin (b); Ed Nicholson (d)

1 That's the Stuff You Got to Watch (take 1) (R. Williams-T. Reig) 3:03
2 That's the Stuff You Got to Watch (take 2) (R. Williams-T. Reig) 3:09
3 That's the Stuff You Got to Watch (take 3) (R. Williams-T. Reig) 3:13
4 Pointless Mama Blues (R. Williams-T. Reig) 2:48
5 Deep Sea Blues (R. Williams-T. Reig) 3:12
6 Bring it on Home (take 1 (fs)) (R. Williams-T. Reig) 0:14
7 Bring it on Home (take 2) (R. Williams-T. Reig) 2:47
8 Bring it on Home (take 3) (R. Williams-T. Reig) 2:47


1 That's the Stuff You Got to Watch (take 1)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1196
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY-78267, Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0159, Masters of Jazz MJCD 131

2 That's the Stuff You Got to Watch (take 2)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1196
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY-78267, Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0159, Masters of Jazz MJCD 131

3 That's the Stuff You Got to Watch (take 3)
78 rpm: Savoy 564
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1196
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY-78267, Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0159, Masters of Jazz MJCD 131, Definitive Records DRCD 11137, 11160

4 Pointless Mama Blues
78 rpm: Savoy 564
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1196
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY-78267, Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0159, Masters of Jazz MJCD 131, Definitive Records DRCD 11137, 11160

5 Deep Sea Blues
78 rpm: Savoy 5516
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1196
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY-78267, Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0159, Masters of Jazz MJCD 131, Definitive Records DRCD 11137, 11160

6 Bring it on Home (take 1 (fs))
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1196
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY-78267, Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0159, Masters of Jazz MJCD 131

7 Bring it on Home (take 2)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1196
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY-78267, Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0159, Masters of Jazz MJCD 131

8 Bring it on Home (take 3)
78 rpm: Savoy 5516
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1196
CD: Nippon Columbia COCY-78267, Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0159, Masters of Jazz MJCD 131, Definitive Records DRCD 11137, 11160


This is Davis's fairly inauspicious recording debut. He plays only in the ensemble, and is muted except on the opening ensemble of "Pointless Mama Blues." Freddie Webster was apparently coaching Davis during this session, prompting Savoy founder Herman Lubinsky to complain, "We ain't runnin' no school here!" Still, Davis has some nice obbligatos behind Williams on take 2 of "That's the Stuff" and on "Pointless Mama Blues." By the last two takes of "Bring it on Home" Davis's accompaniment is less tentative, but he still stays out of the solo light.

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