Miles Ahead session details

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December 17, 1947 (16 items; TT = 42:17)
WOR Studios, New York NY
Commercial for Dial
Charlie Parker Sextet

Miles Davis (tpt); J.J. Johnson (tb); Charlie Parker (as); Irving "Duke" Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d)

1 Drifting on a Reed (take 2) [Big Foot] (C. Parker) 2:55
2 Drifting on a Reed (take 4) [Big Foot] (C. Parker) 2:52
3 Drifting on a Reed (take 5 (master)) [Big Foot] (C. Parker) 2:51
4 Quasimodo (take 1) (C. Parker) 2:53
5 Quasimodo (take 2 (master)) (C. Parker) 2:52
6 Charlie's Wig (take 2) (C. Parker) 2:45
7 Charlie's Wig (take 4) (C. Parker) 2:45
8 Charlie's Wig (take 5 (master)) (C. Parker) 2:41
9 Bongo Beep (take 2) [Dexterity] (C. Parker) 2:56
10 Bongo Beep (take 3 (master)) [Bird Feathers] (C. Parker) 2:56
11 Crazeology (take 1 (inc)) (B. Harris) 0:59
12 Crazeology (take 2 (inc)) (B. Harris) 0:32
13 Crazeology (take 3) (B. Harris) 2:56
14 Crazeology (take 4 (master)) (B. Harris) 2:57
15 How Deep is the Ocean? (take 1 (master)) (I. Berlin) 3:22
16 How Deep is the Ocean? (take 2) (I. Berlin) 3:05


1 Drifting on a Reed (take 2)
78 rpm: Dial 1056
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

2 Drifting on a Reed (take 4)
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

3 Drifting on a Reed (take 5 (master))
78 rpm: Dial 1043
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

4 Quasimodo (take 1)
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

5 Quasimodo (take 2 (master))
78 rpm: Dial 1019
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

6 Charlie's Wig (take 2)
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

7 Charlie's Wig (take 4)
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

8 Charlie's Wig (take 5 (master))
78 rpm: Dial 1040
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

9 Bongo Beep (take 2)
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

10 Bongo Beep (take 3 (master))
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

11 Crazeology (take 1 (inc))
78 rpm: Dial 1034
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

12 Crazeology (take 2 (inc))
78 rpm: Dial 1034
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

13 Crazeology (take 3)
78 rpm: Dial 1034
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

14 Crazeology (take 4 (master))
78 rpm: Dial 1034; Dial 1055
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

15 How Deep is the Ocean? (take 1 (master))
78 rpm: Dial 1055
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4

16 How Deep is the Ocean? (take 2)
12" LP: Spotlite 106, EMI ITJ-5006
CD: Toshiba CJ25-5043/6, Definitive Records DRCD 11152, Toshiba TOCJ-6201/4


This is the last of three late-1947 Dial studio sessions scheduled before the American Federation of Musicians recording ban, which went into effect January 1, 1948 and extended through November. Ross Russell was absent from the studio on this date, but the session went off without incident.

Dial 1034 includes takes 1-3 of "Crazeology" on one side, and take 4 on the other side.

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