Miles Ahead session details

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May 15, 1949 (1 item; TT = 4:54)
Salle Pleyel, Paris (France)
ORTF radio broadcast (B-)
All-Star jam session

Miles Davis (tpt); Aime Barelli (tpt); Oran "Hot Lips" Page (tpt); Kenny Dorham (tpt); Bill Coleman (tpt); Russell "Big Chief" Moore (tb); Hubert Rostaing (cl); Sidney Bechet (ss); Charlie Parker (as); Don Byas (ts); James Moody (ts); Hazy Osterwald (vb); Jean "Toots" Thielemans (g); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d)

1 Blues Final (incomplete) [Farewell Blues] (S. Bechet) 4:54

Shorter version (3:46) on all issues except Vogue YX-0001 and JFCD 22882


1 Blues Final (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird in Paris CP-3, Durium-Cicala BLJ-8024, Spotlite LP-118, Toho/Vogue YX-0001
CD: Philology Volume 12 (W 842), Volume 61 (892), FAP 001/3, Jazz Factory JFCD 22882


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

The Davis-Dameron Quintet was 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 shows, including this all-star jam session which brought together all the festival participants).

There are two different versions of this blues:

"Farewell Blues"
(Philology Vol. 12, etc.)
"Blues Final"
(Vogue YX-0001)

0:00-0:29 Byas (ts) (inc)
0:29-1:37 Coleman/Page (tpt)
1:37-2:30 Bechet (ss)
2:30-3:03 Davis (tpt)
3:03-3:46 Parker (as) + ensemble

Cut off mid-Parker solo.

0:00-0:26 Byas (ts) (inc)
0:26-1:37 Coleman/Page (tpt)
1:37-2:32 Bechet (ss)
2:32-3:06 Davis (tpt)
3:06-4:00 Parker (as) + ensemble
4:00-4:49 ensemble
4:49-4:54 Applause

Thanks to Hideki Murayama for supplying me with a copy of the Vogue LP.

Sometime in late June, Davis -- "the youthful trumpet star" -- performed "the first 'bop' concert ever presented at Princeton University" (reported in the July 2 edition of The Michigan Chronicle, p. 20).

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