Miles Ahead session details

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August 14, 1947 (12 items; TT = 23:20)
Harris Smith Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Savoy
Miles Davis All-Stars

Miles Davis (tpt); Charlie Parker (ts); John Lewis (p); Nelson Boyd (b); Max Roach (d)

1 Milestones (take 1 (fs)) (M. Davis) 0:07
2 Milestones (take 2 (master)) (M. Davis) 2:33
3 Milestones (take 3) (M. Davis) 2:43
4 Little Willie Leaps (take 1 (inc)) (M. Davis) 0:46
5 Little Willie Leaps (take 2) (M. Davis) 3:05
6 Little Willie Leaps (take 3 (master)) (M. Davis) 2:49
7 Half Nelson (take 1) (M. Davis) 2:49
8 Half Nelson (take 2 (master)) (M. Davis) 2:42
9 Sippin' at Bells (take 1 (inc)) (M. Davis) 0:55
10 Sippin' at Bells (take 2 (master)) (M. Davis) 2:21
11 Sippin' at Bells (take 3 (fs)) (M. Davis) 0:04
12 Sippin' at Bells (take 4) (M. Davis) 2:26


1 Milestones (take 1 (fs))
12" LP: Savoy MG 12009, Savoy SJL 2201, Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0102, Nippon Columbia COCY-78262, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402

2 Milestones (take 2 (master))
12" LP: Savoy MG 12001, Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0102, Nippon Columbia COCY-78262, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402

3 Milestones (take 3)
12" LP: Savoy MG 12001, Savoy SJL 1107, Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0102, Nippon Columbia COCY-78262, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402

4 Little Willie Leaps (take 1 (inc))
78 rpm: Savoy 951
12" LP: Savoy MG 12001, Savoy SJL 2201, Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0102, Nippon Columbia COCY-78262, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402

5 Little Willie Leaps (take 2)
12" LP: Savoy MG 12001, Savoy SJL 1107, Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0102, Nippon Columbia COCY-78262, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402

6 Little Willie Leaps (take 3 (master))
78 rpm: Savoy 951
12" LP: Savoy MG 12009, Savoy SJL 2201, Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0103, Nippon Columbia COCY-78263, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402

7 Half Nelson (take 1)
12" LP: Savoy MG 12009, Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0103, Nippon Columbia COCY-78263, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402

8 Half Nelson (take 2 (master))
78 rpm: Savoy 934
12" LP: Savoy MG 12009, Savoy SJL 2201, Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0103, Nippon Columbia COCY-78263, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402

9 Sippin' at Bells (take 1 (inc))
12" LP: Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0102, Nippon Columbia COCY-78262, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402

10 Sippin' at Bells (take 2 (master))
12" LP: Savoy MG 12001, Savoy SJL 1107, Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0102, Nippon Columbia COCY-78262, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402

11 Sippin' at Bells (take 3 (fs))
78 rpm: Savoy 934
12" LP: Savoy MG 12009, Savoy SJL 2201, Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0102, Nippon Columbia COCY-78262, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402

12 Sippin' at Bells (take 4)
78 rpm: Savoy 934
12" LP: Savoy MG 12009, Savoy SJL 2201, Savoy S5J-5500
CD: Nippon Columbia/Savoy SV-0102, Nippon Columbia COCY-78262, Nippon Columbia COCY-75791/8, Definitive Records DRCD 11148, Nippon Columbia COCB-50402


This was Davis's first recording session as a leader. Unlike the Parker-led Savoy sessions, this one was preceded by two rehearsal sessions. Parker begins a little tentatively on tenor saxophone, but by the end of the session he plays with his usual facility and inventiveness. All of the compositions are Davis's, though some early issues credit "Milestones" to Parker.

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