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May 8, 1949 (8 items; TT = 19:35)
Salle Pleyel, Paris (France)
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis-Tadd Dameron Quintet
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Miles Davis (tpt); James Moody (ts); Tadd Dameron (p); Barney Spieler (b); Kenny Clarke (d)

1 Introduction 0:25
2 Rifftide (T. Monk) 4:08

Announcements continue until 0:46. Davis quotes "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie" at 1:17, and uses "Country Gardens" at the beginning of his exchanges with Clarke (2:59-3:03). Listed as "Lady Be Good (unissued)" on Philology 849
3 Introduction 0:04
4 Good Bait (T. Dameron-C. Basie) 5:32

Voiceover announcement 0:18-0:42
5 Introduction 0:13
6 Don't Blame Me (D. Fields-J. McHugh) 4:16

Moody out. Voiceover announcement 0:01-0:05
7 Introduction 0:04
8 Lady Bird (T. Dameron) 4:53


1 Introduction
12" LP: Columbia JC 34804, CBS/Sony 18AP 2051, CBS/Sony 23AP 2551, CBS/Sony 25AP 91
CD: CBS/Sony 32DP 721, Sony SRCS 5695, Sony SRCS 9301, Sony SRCS 9724, Philology Volume 19 (W 849), Jazz Door JD 12110, Jazz Factory JFCD 22831, Jazz Factory JFCD 22882

2 Rifftide
12" LP: Columbia JC 34804, CBS/Sony 18AP 2051, CBS/Sony 23AP 2551, CBS/Sony 25AP 91
CD: CBS/Sony 32DP 721, Sony SRCS 5695, Sony SRCS 9301, Sony SRCS 9724, Philology Volume 19 (W 849), Jazz Door JD 12110, Jazz Factory JFCD 22831, Jazz Factory JFCD 22882

3 Introduction
12" LP: Columbia JC 34804, CBS/Sony 18AP 2051, CBS/Sony 23AP 2551, CBS/Sony 25AP 91
CD: CBS/Sony 32DP 721, Sony SRCS 5695, Sony SRCS 9301, Sony SRCS 9724, Philology Volume 19 (W 849), Jazz Door JD 12110, Jazz Factory JFCD 22831, Jazz Factory JFCD 22882

4 Good Bait
12" LP: Columbia JC 34804, CBS/Sony 18AP 2051, CBS/Sony 23AP 2551, CBS/Sony 25AP 91
CD: CBS/Sony 32DP 721, Sony SRCS 5695, Sony SRCS 9301, Sony SRCS 9724, Jazz Door JD 12110, Jazz Factory JFCD 22831, Jazz Factory JFCD 22882

5 Introduction
12" LP: Columbia JC 34804, CBS/Sony 18AP 2051, CBS/Sony 23AP 2551, CBS/Sony 25AP 91
CD: CBS/Sony 32DP 721, Sony SRCS 5695, Sony SRCS 9301, Sony SRCS 9724, Jazz Door JD 12110, Jazz Factory JFCD 22831, Jazz Factory JFCD 22882

6 Don't Blame Me
12" LP: Columbia JC 34804, CBS/Sony 18AP 2051, CBS/Sony 23AP 2551, CBS/Sony 25AP 91
CD: CBS/Sony 32DP 721, Sony SRCS 5695, Sony SRCS 9301, Sony SRCS 9724, Jazz Door JD 12110, Jazz Factory JFCD 22831, Jazz Factory JFCD 22882

7 Introduction
12" LP: Columbia JC 34804, CBS/Sony 18AP 2051, CBS/Sony 23AP 2551, CBS/Sony 25AP 91
CD: CBS/Sony 32DP 721, Sony SRCS 5695, Sony SRCS 9301, Sony SRCS 9724, Jazz Door JD 12110, Jazz Factory JFCD 22831, Jazz Factory JFCD 22882

8 Lady Bird
12" LP: Columbia JC 34804, CBS/Sony 18AP 2051, CBS/Sony 23AP 2551, CBS/Sony 25AP 91
CD: CBS/Sony 32DP 721, Sony SRCS 5695, Sony SRCS 9301, Sony SRCS 9724, Jazz Door JD 12110, Jazz Factory JFCD 22831, Jazz Factory JFCD 22882


This was a broadcast recording from the Festival International de Jazz.

The Davis-Dameron Quintet were in Paris for nine days (May 8-16). During this period they performed at the Salle Pleyel on the 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th (two concerts), 14th, and 15th (two concerts).

Ken Vail (Miles' Diary) claims that Paris Festival recordings were made on the following days:

  • May 8 (Sunday): Don't Blame Me; Rifftide; The Squirrel; Embraceable You; Ornithology; Good Bait; Lady Bird; Perdido; All the Things You Are; Crazy Rhythm
  • May 9 (Monday): Wahoo; Allen's Alley; Embraceable You; Ornithology; All the Things You Are
  • May 14 (Saturday): Lady Be Good; Don't Blame Me; Allen's Alley; Crazy Rhythm; All the Things You Are
  • May 15 (Sunday): Farewell Blues (jam session)

This is much more than has been issued commercially and on private recordings, and unfortunately Vail includes no documentation for his claims, so it's hard to know whether to hope for more from this important festival. In any case, I have followed the customary dating of the material in circulation.

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