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Miles Ahead session details

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January 23, 1951 (2 items; TT = 5:17)
WMGM Studios, New York NY
Commercial for Capitol

Miles Davis (tpt); Kai Winding (tb); John La Porta (cl); Lee Konitz (as); Stan Getz (ts); Serge Chaloff (bs); Billy Bauer (g); Terry Gibbs (vb); George Shearing (p); Eddie Safranski (b); Max Roach (d)

1 Early Spring (D. Burns) 2:42

Arranged by Ralph Burns
2 Local 802 Blues (G. Shearing) 2:35

Arranged by George Shearing

1 Early Spring
78 rpm: Capitol T 476
10" LP: Capitol 1550
12" LP: Capitol M 11031, Capitol (J) CR 8024
CD: Capitol CDP 98935

2 Local 802 Blues
78 rpm: Capitol T 20242
10" LP: Capitol 1550
12" LP: Capitol M 11031, Capitol (J) CR 8024
CD: Capitol CDP 98935

This session features the 1950 Metronome All-Stars. It is sometimes listed as happening on January 24.

"Early Spring" is Ralph Burns' answer to the Davis Nonet scores, with similar voicings and solos; "Local 802 Blues" sounds more self-consciously progressive, an adaptation of Shearing's small group unison themes to a larger setting.

Several iconic photographs from this session taken by William "PoPsie" Randolph reveal that the location is WMGM Recording Studio, located at 711 5th Avenue. Capitol Records did not have its own recording studio in New York, and WMGM's studios were used for many Capitol jazz sessions in the 1940s. In 1952 WMGM bought an interest in Fine Sound, and on October 10, 1953 Billboard reported that "Fine Sound Takes Over N.Y. Studios." Henceforth the studios would be known as Fine Sound Studios, and many memorable sessions for Verve and other jazz labels were recorded there.

I am grateful to Leif Bo Petersen for help with this session.

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