Miles Ahead session details

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January 17, 1951 (6 items; TT = 16:45)
Apex Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Prestige
Miles Davis Sextet

Miles Davis (tpt); Bennie Green (tb); Sonny Rollins (ts); John Lewis (p); Percy Heath (b); Roy Haynes (d)

1 Morpheus (J. Lewis) 2:20
2 Down (M. Davis) 2:50
3 Blue Room (take 1) (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 2:48

A splice is audible at 1:48
4 Blue Room (take 1 (alternate version)) (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 2:49

The ts solo is spliced in before the tpt solo at 0:58
5 Blue Room (take 2) (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 2:58
6 Whispering (M. Schonberger-R. Coburn-V. Rose) 3:00


1 Morpheus
78 rpm: Prestige 734
45 rpm: Prestige PREP 1320 [EP]
10" LP: Prestige PRLP 113, Prestige PRS-36009-1
12" LP: Prestige 7025, Prestige P-012 (12 LP), Victor SMJ-6523, Victor VIJ-5090/5101 (12 LP)
CD: Fantasy OJC-053, Victor VICJ-23603, Prestige 8PCD-012, Victor VICJ-40225/32, Victor VICJ-2012, Victor VICJ-60421, Victor VICJ-41507, Universal UCCO-9304

2 Down
78 rpm: Prestige 742
45 rpm: Prestige PREP 1320 [EP]
10" LP: Prestige PRLP 113, Prestige PRS-36009-1
12" LP: Prestige 7025, Prestige P-012 (12 LP), Victor SMJ-6523, Victor VIJ-5090/5101 (12 LP)
CD: Fantasy OJC-053, OJC-6017, Victor VICJ-23603, Prestige 8PCD-012, Victor VICJ-40225/32, Victor VICJ-2012, Victor VICJ-60421, Victor VICJ-41507, Universal UCCO-9304

3 Blue Room (take 1)
78 rpm: Prestige 734 (red label)
45 rpm: Prestige PREP 1320 [EP]
10" LP: Prestige PRLP 140, Prestige PRS-36009-1
12" LP: Prestige 7025, Prestige 7674, Prestige P-012 (12 LP), Victor SMJ-6523, Victor VIJ-5090/5101 (12 LP)
CD: Fantasy OJC-053, Victor VICJ-23603, Prestige 8PCD-012, Victor VICJ-40225/32, Victor VICJ-2012, Victor VICJ-60421, Victor VICJ-41507, Universal UCCO-9304

4 Blue Room (take 1 (alternate version))
78 rpm: Prestige 734 (blue label)

5 Blue Room (take 2)
10" LP: Prestige PRLP 113
12" LP: Prestige 7025, Prestige P-012 (12 LP), Victor SMJ-6523, Victor VIJ-5090/5101 (12 LP)
CD: Fantasy OJC-053, Victor VICJ-23603, Prestige 8PCD-012, Victor VICJ-40225/32, Victor VICJ-2012, Victor VICJ-60421, Victor VICJ-41507, Universal UCCO-9304

6 Whispering
78 rpm: Prestige 742
45 rpm: Prestige PREP 1320 [EP]
10" LP: Prestige PRLP 113, Prestige PRS-36009-1
12" LP: Prestige 7025, Prestige P-012 (12 LP), Victor SMJ-6523, Victor VIJ-5090/5101 (12 LP)
CD: Fantasy OJC-053, Victor VICJ-23603, Prestige 8PCD-012, Victor VICJ-40225/32, Victor VICJ-2012, Victor VICJ-60421, Victor VICJ-41507, Universal UCCO-9304


This is the second of three studio sessions that Davis participated in on this date. The arrangement of "Morpheus," with its contrapuntal theme and complex ensemble passages, evokes the Davis Nonet recordings of 1948-1949, but the execution is sloppy. Rollins has an excellent solo on "Down," but Davis misses several notes in his solo and in the closing ensemble. He plays particularly poorly on the two takes of "Blue Room" -- on the second take, he seems to lose his way and Lewis has to remind him where he with leading chords (e.g. at 1:23). "Whispering," based on the changes of Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin' High," contains another very good Rollins solo.

Green is out on both takes of "Blue Room," and Rollins plays only on the first. The first take sounds like it's concluding at the end of Davis's solo (1:48), but a Rollins solo is spliced in. Rollins's solo is spliced in before Davis's solo on the alternate version of take 1. There are no original take numbers for "Blue Room" -- they are numbered here as on Prestige PCD-012. The master tapes for these two takes must be lost -- all of the 12" LP and subsequent reissues are mastered from a vinyl source.

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