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February 1955 (11 items; TT = 62:05)
Hi-Hat Club, Boston MA
Audience recording (B)
Hi-Hat All-Stars with Miles Davis

Miles Davis (tpt); Jay Migliori (ts); Al Walcott (p); Bob Freeman (p); Jimmy Woode (b); Jimmy Zitano (d)

1 A Night in Tunisia (incomplete) (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 7:25

Freeman replaces Walcott on piano. Before the tune someone in the band says "Yeah... He won't be on for about five minutes..."
2 Dig (M. Davis) 7:40
3 Darn That Dream (E. DeLange-J. Van Heusen) 4:14
4 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (L. Young) 1:41
5 Ray's Idea (R. Brown-W.G. Fuller) 6:50
6 Nice Work if You Can Get It (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 5:14
7 Wee Dot (incomplete) (J.J. Johnson) 5:36
8 Tune Up (with count-off) (M. Davis) 7:03
9 Alone Together (H. Dietz-A. Schwartz) 5:08
10 Well, You Needn't (T. Monk) 9:17
11 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (L. Young) 1:57


1 A Night in Tunisia (incomplete)
12" LP: Fresh Sound FSR 302
CD: Fresh Sound FSR-CD 13, Jazz Door JD 1216

2 Dig
12" LP: Fresh Sound FSR 302
CD: Fresh Sound FSR-CD 13, Jazz Door JD 1216

3 Darn That Dream
12" LP: Fresh Sound FSR 302
CD: Fresh Sound FSR-CD 13, Jazz Door JD 1216

4 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
12" LP: Fresh Sound FSR 302
CD: Fresh Sound FSR-CD 13, Jazz Door JD 1216

5 Ray's Idea
12" LP: Fresh Sound FSR 302
CD: Fresh Sound FSR-CD 13, Jazz Door JD 1216

6 Nice Work if You Can Get It
12" LP: Fresh Sound FSR 302
CD: Fresh Sound FSR-CD 13, Jazz Door JD 1216

7 Wee Dot (incomplete)
12" LP: Fresh Sound FSR 302
CD: Fresh Sound FSR-CD 13, Jazz Door JD 1216

8 Tune Up (with count-off)
12" LP: Fresh Sound FSR 302
CD: Fresh Sound FSR-CD 13, Jazz Door JD 1216

9 Alone Together
12" LP: Fresh Sound FSR 302
CD: Fresh Sound FSR-CD 13, Jazz Door JD 1216

10 Well, You Needn't
12" LP: Fresh Sound FSR 302
CD: Fresh Sound FSR-CD 13, Jazz Door JD 1216

11 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
12" LP: Fresh Sound FSR 302
CD: Fresh Sound FSR-CD 13, Jazz Door JD 1216


Although the tunes performed (especially "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid," "Ray's Idea," and "Wee Dot") might suggest an earlier date, the customary date for this set is pretty close to correct. Davis was booked as a single at the Hi-Hat Club for two consecutive weeks in February 1955, joined by Boston locals Migliori, Walcott, Woode, and Zitano. According to Down Beat (March 23, 1955), a Davis engagement advertised in Detroit for February 11-13 had to be canceled "because of a prior commitment in Boston... Davis was held over at the Hi-Hat for an extra week to share the stand with an R & B group called The Chords". My guess is that the Hi-Hat engagement began in early February. (Thanks to Chris DeVito for help with this date.)

"Jumpin' with Symphony Sid," performed here at a very slow tempo, is clearly a set-closer, and the music may be from more than one night.

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