Miles Ahead session details

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January 3, 1949 (5 items; TT = 17:02)
RCA Studio, New York NY
Commercial for RCA Victor
Metronome All-Stars

J.B. "Dizzy" Gillespie (tpt); Fats Navarro (tpt); Miles Davis (tpt); J.J. Johnson (tb); Kai Winding (tb); Charlie Parker (as); Charlie Ventura (ts); Ernie Caceres (bs); Buddy De Franco (cl); Billy Bauer (g); Lennie Tristano (p); Eddie Safranski (b); Shelly Manne (d)

1 Overtime (long version) (P. Rugolo) 4:30
2 Overtime (short version) (P. Rugolo) 3:05
3 Victory Ball (long version) (L. Tristano) 4:10
4 Victory Ball (short version) (L. Tristano) 2:39

Davis out
5 Victory Ball (short version (alt)) (L. Tristano) 2:38

Davis out


1 Overtime (long version)
12" LP: RCA LPV-519
CD: RCA/Bluebird 66528, Definitive Records DRCD 11159, Philology Volume 40 (W 871)

2 Overtime (short version)
78 rpm: Victor 20-3361
CD: RCA/Bluebird 66528, Philology Volume 40 (W 871)

3 Victory Ball (long version)
12" LP: RCA LPV-519
CD: RCA/Bluebird 66528, Definitive Records DRCD 11159, Philology Volume 40 (W 871)

4 Victory Ball (short version)
78 rpm: Victor 20-3361
CD: RCA/Bluebird 66528, Philology Volume 40 (W 871)

5 Victory Ball (short version (alt))
CD: Philology Volume 14 (W 844), Volume 40 (W 871)


This is a famous all-star session. "Overtime," based on "Love Me or Leave Me," was arranged by Pete Rugolo. "Victory Ball," based on "'S Wonderful," was arranged by Lennie Tristano, Billy Bauer, and Parker.

Overtime Victory Ball

Short take
Breaks: Parker, Gillespie, Ventura, Winding, DeFranco, and Safranski
Solos: Parker (16); Winding (16); DeFranco (16); Tristano (16); Safranski/ensemble (8); Manne/ensemble (8); Ventura (16); Bauer (16); Gillespie (16)

Long take
Breaks: Parker, Gillespie, Ventura, Winding, DeFranco, and Safranski
Solos: Parker (32); Winding (16); Johnson (16); DeFranco (16); Tristano/Bauer (16); Safranski/ensemble (8); Manne/ensemble (8); Tristano/Bauer (16); Ventura (32)
Trumpet chases (16 four-bar passages): Davis, Navarro, Gillespie alternating. Davis tries some Gillespie-like flourishes, but Gillespie and Navarro are the ones who shine.

Short take
Solos: Parker (16); DeFranco (16); Winding (16); Ventura (16); Tristano (16); Gillespie (16)

Short take (alternate version)
Solos: Parker (16); DeFranco (16); Winding (16); Ventura (16); Tristano (16); Gillespie (16)

Long take
Solos: Parker (32); Davis (16); DeFranco (16); Winding (16); Ventura (16); Johnson; Navarro (16); Tristano (32); Caceres (16); Gillespie (16)

Tommaso Urbano has done a patient and careful analysis of these tunes; see his website, The Music of Miles.

After leaving the Parker Quintet in mid-December, Davis joined Oscar Pettiford's All-Stars at the Clique Club on Broadway. The band included (in addition to Davis) Fats Navarro, Kai Winding, Lucky Thompson, Dexter Gordon, Milt Jackson, Bud Powell, Pettiford, and Kenny Clarke. A contemporary review in the New York Times complained that "the all-star group, so billed, under Pettiford, goes to extremes in presenting the new fetish of jazzophiles."

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