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Spring 1952 (12 items; TT = 78:49)
Barrel Club, St. Louis MO
Commercial for Prestige
Jimmy Forrest Quintet with Miles Davis

Miles Davis (tpt); Jimmy Forrest (ts, voc); Charles Fox (p); Johnny Mixon (b); Oscar Oldham (d); Unknown (cga)

1 All the Things You Are (J. Kern-O. Hammerstein) 10:04
2 Our Delight (T. Dameron) 7:24
3 Lady Bird (T. Dameron) 6:43
4 Ow (incomplete) (D. Gillespie) 4:16

Forrest voc 2:58-3:38: "Super Suds, Super Suds, lots of suds with Super Suds... I love the lady in red..."
5 Ray's Idea (R. Brown-W.G. Fuller) 8:34
6 A Night in Tunisia (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 8:22

Cut at 7:01 at the beginning of p solo to tpt/d exchanges and closing theme
7 Wee Dot (J.J. Johnson) 10:49
8 What's New? (J. Burke-B. Haggart) 7:26
9 Wahoo [Perdido] (T. Dameron) 9:20

Forrest quotes the "Country Gardens" theme in his exchanges with Davis (7:40)
10 52nd Street Theme (fragment) (T. Monk) 0:02
11 Wee Dot (J.J. Johnson) 5:44
12 Closing announcement 0:05

"Thank you very much. ladies and gentlemen. And now for a brief intermission..."


1 All the Things You Are
12" LP: Jazz Showcase ST-5004, Prestige 7860
CD: Prestige PCD-24117, Victor VICJ-2016, Victor VICJ-41253, Jazz Factory JFCD 22853

2 Our Delight
12" LP: Jazz Showcase ST-5004, Prestige 7860
CD: Prestige PCD-24117, Victor VICJ-2016, Victor VICJ-41253, Jazz Factory JFCD 22853

3 Lady Bird
12" LP: Jazz Showcase ST-5004, Prestige 7860
CD: Prestige PCD-24117, Victor VICJ-2016, Victor VICJ-41253, Jazz Factory JFCD 22853

4 Ow (incomplete)
12" LP: Jazz Showcase ST-5004, Prestige 7860
CD: Prestige PCD-24117, Victor VICJ-2016, Victor VICJ-41253, Jazz Factory JFCD 22853

5 Ray's Idea
12" LP: Prestige 7858
CD: Prestige PCD-24117, Victor VICJ-2016, Victor VICJ-41253, Jazz Factory JFCD 22853

6 A Night in Tunisia
12" LP: Prestige 7858
CD: Prestige PCD-24117, Victor VICJ-2016, Victor VICJ-41253, Jazz Factory JFCD 22853

7 Wee Dot
12" LP: Prestige 7858
CD: Prestige PCD-24117, Victor VICJ-2016, Victor VICJ-41253, Jazz Factory JFCD 22853

8 What's New?
12" LP: Prestige 7858
CD: Prestige PCD-24117, Victor VICJ-2016, Victor VICJ-41253, Jazz Factory JFCD 22853

9 Wahoo
12" LP: Jazz Showcase ST-5004, Prestige 7860
CD: Prestige PCD-24117, Victor VICJ-2016, Victor VICJ-41253, Jazz Factory JFCD 22853

10 52nd Street Theme (fragment)
12" LP: Jazz Showcase ST-5004, Prestige 7860
CD: Prestige PCD-24117, Victor VICJ-2016, Victor VICJ-41253, Jazz Factory JFCD 22853


The date is speculative. The club, known as both "The Barrel" and "The Barrelhouse," was located at 5612 Delmar Avenue in St. Louis. Davis was in the Midwest trying to cure his heroin addiction by staying away from the New York scene. It would take him until late 1953 to get clean.

Congas are audible on "Our Delight," "Lady Bird," and "Ray's Idea." "Ow" begins in the middle of Forrest's tenor saxophone solo and features some uninspired scat vocals but some nice obbligatos by Davis.

I'm grateful to Joe Medjuck for help with this session.

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