Miles Ahead session details

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April 26, 1952 (7 items; TT = 12:22)
Birdland, New York NY
WJZ radio broadcast (C+)
Beryl Booker Quintet with Miles Davis
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Miles Davis (tpt); Don Elliot (vb, mellophone); Chuck Wayne (g); Beryl Booker (p); Clyde Lombardi (b); Connie Kay (d)

1 Introduction 0:16
2 Rifftide (T. Monk) 4:10
3 Introduction 0:24
4 It Could Happen to You (J. Burke-J. Van Heusen) 4:32
5 Introduction 0:13
6 Wee Dot (J.J. Johnson) 2:12
7 Birk's Works (closing theme) (D. Gillespie) 0:35


1 Introduction
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2 Rifftide
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3 Introduction
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4 It Could Happen to You
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5 Introduction
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6 Wee Dot
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7 Birk's Works (closing theme)
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Davis had been away from New York for several months, in the Midwest trying to cure his heroin habit. He returned in April and joined the Beryl Booker group for two nights broadcast on WJZ. Perhaps on the strengths of this gig, Davis was offered a one-week engagement at Birdland, May 1-7.

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