Miles Ahead session details

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December 24, 1949 (6 items; TT = 21:12)
Carnegie Hall, New York NY
Voice of America (VOA) broadcast (B)
Stars of Modern Jazz

Miles Davis (tpt); Bennie Green (tb); Sonny Stitt (as); Serge Chaloff (bs); Earl "Bud" Powell (p); Dillon "Curley" Russell (b); Max Roach (d); Symphony Sid Torin (ann)

1 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:39

"We'd like to bring you right now, ladies and gentlemen, one of the most exciting trios of our time... We bring you a gentleman who's probably, along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk and all the great gentlemen of sounds, probably the most exciting. So let's bring him on with a great big hand, Bud Powell, ladies and gentlemen... Bud Powell, the trio, with Max Roach on drums, Curley Russell on bass. Bud Powell..."
2 All God's Children Got Rhythm (W. Jurmann-B. Kaper-G. Kahn) 2:54
3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:38

"Bud Powell, ladies and gentlemen. Max Roach and Curley Russell... To this exciting rhythm section we bring to you the Stars of Jazz. First, on trumpet, Miles Davis... Little Miles Davis... On baritone, Serge Chaloff. On alto, Sonny Stitt. And finally, on trombone, Benny Green. Here they are. (Off-mic: Blow!)"
4 Move (D. Best) 5:34
5 Hot House (T. Dameron) 7:54

During the applause (7:46) one of the musicians calls for "How High the Moon."
6 Ornithology (incomplete) (C. Parker-B. Harris) 3:33

Cut off in the middle of Stitt's solo


1 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: IAJRC 20
CD: Jass CD-16

2 All God's Children Got Rhythm
12" LP: IAJRC 20
CD: Jass CD-16

3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: IAJRC 20
CD: Jass CD-16

4 Move
12" LP: IAJRC 20
CD: Jass CD-16

5 Hot House
12" LP: IAJRC 20
CD: Jass CD-16

6 Ornithology (incomplete)
12" LP: IAJRC 20
CD: Jass CD-16


Davis, Green, Stitt, and Chaloff (billed as "The Stars of Modern Jazz") joined the Bud Powell Trio, Sarah Vaughan, the Lennie Tristano Sextet, the Stan Getz-Kai Winding group, and the Charlie Parker Quintet for a Christmas Eve late-night concert. (The bulk of the concert is on the Jass CD.)

From mid-November through December 10 Davis was booked along with Anita O'Day at the Hi-Note Club on the north side of Chicago; he was backed by Eddie Baker (p), Bob Peterson (b), and Hal Russell (d, vb).

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