There is a lot of uncertainty about the Benny Carter recordings from 1946. Most
of the items usually associated with Miles Davis were Armed Forces Radio Services
(AFRS) "Jubilee" sessions which were transcribed on 16" 33-1/3 rpm LPs and distributed
to radio stations around the world. The four sessions in questions are numbers 184,
186, 191, and 193. Recording sessions were typically an hour, in front of live studio
audiences. The recordings were later edited and assembled into 30-minute Jubilee
sides. As a result of this, some announcements and introductions were used more
than once, and this contributes to the confusion. Recordings for program #184 were
made in early April at NBC Studios in Hollywood; the following titles were included:
"Who's Sorry Now?", "I Can't Get Started," and "Jump Call." Program #186 is usually
dated in May, and includes "One O'Clock Jump," "Just You, Just Me," "Lover Man,"
and "Bugle Call Rag." Program #191 has a recording date of April 29 and includes
the following titles: "Co-Ed," "I'm the Caring Kind," "Frim Fram Sauce," and "Polishing
Brass." Program #193 has the same recording date, and the titles listed are "Cutting
Time," "Stardust," "Prelude to a Kiss," "I Cover the Waterfront," and "Back Bay
Davis joined the Carter band after a January 1946 engagement at the Riviera Club
in St. Louis, and travelled to Los Angeles in February. In addition to playing with
Carter's orchestra and a smaller Carter group, Davis began sitting in with Charlie
Parker at the Finale Club. In March he became a regular member of the Parker Quintet,
and he participated in a Dial session on March 28.
He continued to play regularly with Carter's bands, as evidenced by a
March 31 broadcast from the Streets of Paris. Eventually the musicians' union
caught up with him and he was fined; he chose to leave the Carter group. Exactly
when this happened is not clear, but if Davis is in fact present on "Just You Just
Me," it must have happened after this recording was made.
On April 12 Parker brought an eight-piece band -- Davis, Britt Woodman (tb), Parker,
Lucky Thompson (ts), Dodo Marmarosa (p), Arv Garrison (g), Red Callendar (b), and
Perc White (d) -- to a concert at UCLA's Carver Club. Also on the bill were Lester
Young, the Nat Cole Trio, Herb Jeffries, and Kay Starr.
The trumpet solo on "Just You, Just Me" contains phrases also used in Davis' solo
on "Just You, Just Me" from the Streets of Paris recording from
March 31. Compare the opening phrase here (0:49) with that from the beginning
of Davis' second chorus from March 31 (at 2:28); and compare the phrase at 0:56-0:58
with the same phrase from Davis' solo on "Sweet Georgia Brown" from the Streets
of Paris (at 1:43-1:45).
The issued version of "Just You, Just Me" is about a half-tone sharp.
For an admirable discography, see Carl A. Hällström and Bo Scherman's The AFRS
Jubilee Transcription Programs: An Exploratory Discography, Frankfurt am
Main: Ruecker, 1985 -- revised and now online, http://home.swipnet.se/dooji/jubilee.htm. I'm grateful to
Craig Neilson for his help with these Jubilee sessions, and to Tommaso Urbano for
his expertise in identifying the trumpet soloists.