Miles Ahead session details

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September 13, 1953 (3 items; TT = 30:08)
Lighthouse Café, Hermosa Beach CA
Commercial for Contemporary
Lighthouse All-Stars

Miles Davis (tpt); Rolf Ericson (tpt); Bud Shank (as, bs); Bob Cooper (ts); Lorraine Geller (p); Howard Rumsey (b); Max Roach (d)

1 Infinity Promenade (S. Rogers) 12:20
2 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 5:46
3 A Night in Tunisia (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 12:02


1 Infinity Promenade
12" LP: Contemporary 7645
CD: Fantasy OJC-480, Victor VICJ-23107, Victor VICJ-60342, Victor VICJ-2019, Universal UCCO-9420

2 'Round Midnight
12" LP: Contemporary 7645
CD: Fantasy OJC-480, Victor VICJ-23107, Victor VICJ-60342, Victor VICJ-2019, Universal UCCO-9420

3 A Night in Tunisia
12" LP: Contemporary 7645
CD: Fantasy OJC-480, Victor VICJ-23107, Victor VICJ-60342, Victor VICJ-2019, Universal UCCO-9420


After participating in several Charles Mingus-led Jazz Workshops in August, including an August 21 performance at the Putnam Central in Brooklyn, Davis and Roach took a few months away from the New York scene and played occasionally at the Lighthouse Club in Hermosa Beach. Soon after this session, Davis returned to the midwest and finally kicked his heroin habit.

This material was first issued in the mid-1980s on Contemporary. Also issued on the Contemporary LP is a Roach drum solo and a tune featuring Chet Baker backed by Russ Freeman, Rumsey, and Roach. According to the liner notes, the group with Davis also performed "Get Happy" but the tape recorder was switched off after only a few minutes.

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