Miles Ahead session details

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March 9, 1950 (4 items; TT = 12:28)
WOR Studios, New York NY
Commercial for Capitol
Miles Davis Nonet

Miles Davis (tpt); J.J. Johnson (tb); Gunther Schuller (frh); Bill Barber (tuba); Lee Konitz (as); Gerry Mulligan (bs); John Lewis (p); Al McKibbon (b); Max Roach (d); Kenny "Pancho" Hagood (voc)

1 Deception [Conception] (M. Davis) 2:45

Arranged by Miles Davis
2 Rocker (G. Mulligan) 3:03

Arranged by Gerry Mulligan
3 Moon Dreams (C. MacGregor-J. Mercer) 3:17

Arranged by Gil Evans
4 Darn That Dream (E. DeLange-J. Van Heusen) 3:23

Arranged by Gerry Mulligan; Hagood (voc)


1 Deception
45 rpm: Capitol EAP 1-459
10" LP: Capitol H-459
12" LP: Capitol T 762, Capitol DT 1974, Capitol CAPS 1024, Capitol M 11026, Classic Records T762 (180 gram), Classic Records ACAP 762Q (200 gram), Toshiba ECJ-50050
CD: Toshiba TOCJ-5301, Capitol CDP 94550, Definitive Records DRCD 11159, Capitol CDP 30117

2 Rocker
45 rpm: Capitol EAP 2-459
10" LP: Capitol H-459
12" LP: Capitol T 762, Capitol DT 1974, Capitol CAPS 1024, Capitol M 11026, Classic Records T762 (180 gram), Classic Records ACAP 762Q (200 gram), Toshiba ECJ-50050
CD: Toshiba TOCJ-5301, Capitol CDP 94550, Definitive Records DRCD 11159, Capitol CDP 30117

3 Moon Dreams
45 rpm: Capitol EAP 1-459
10" LP: Capitol H-459
12" LP: Capitol T 762, Capitol DT 1974, Capitol CAPS 1024, Capitol M 11026, Classic Records T762 (180 gram), Classic Records ACAP 762Q (200 gram), Toshiba ECJ-50050
CD: Toshiba TOCJ-5301, Blue Note CDP 36633, Capitol CDP 94550, Definitive Records DRCD 11159, Capitol CDP 30117

4 Darn That Dream
78 rpm: Capitol 7-1221
45 rpm: Capitol EAP 3-459
12" LP: Capitol M 11026, Classic Records T762 (180 gram), Classic Records ACAP 762Q (200 gram), Toshiba ECJ-50050
CD: Toshiba TOCJ-5301, Capitol CDP 94550, Definitive Records DRCD 11159, Capitol CDP 30117


This is the last of three Capitol studio sessions with the Davis Nonet, which had long since stopped working as a regular group. (There may have been a few rehearsals at Birdland in mid-February, but it had been many months since the Nonet's last recording session.) Perhaps the group would have been recorded earlier if the American Federation of Musicians recording ban had not been in effect.

It is possible that this session took place on March 8 (Wednesday) rather than March 9.

"Miles Davis and His All-Star Recording Orchestra" was booked, along with the Jose Reney Rhumba Band, for one night at Sunnyside Gardens in New York on Saturday, March 3. I'm very grateful to Leif Bo Petersen for this information, and for his plausible suggestion that this gig may have served as a rehearsal for the Capitol recording date. There is also some evidence to suggest that the Nonet performed at Birdland on Monday, March 13.

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