Miles Ahead session details

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July 17, 1955 (6 items; TT = 23:48)
Festival Field, Newport RI
Voice of America (VOA) broadcast (B+)
All-Star jam session
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Miles Davis (tpt); Zoot Sims [John Haley] (ts); Gerry Mulligan (bs); Thelonious Monk (p); Percy Heath (b); Connie Kay (d); Edward "Duke" Ellington (ann)

1 Introduction (Duke Ellington) 1:16
2 Introduction (Gerry Mulligan) 0:08
3 Hackensack (T. Monk) 7:48
4 Introduction (Gerry Mulligan) 0:10
5 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 5:56
6 Now's the Time (C. Parker) 8:30

Stage chatter and count-off first 0:10


1 Introduction (Duke Ellington)
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2 Introduction (Gerry Mulligan)
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3 Hackensack
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4 Introduction (Gerry Mulligan)
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5 'Round Midnight
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6 Now's the Time
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Davis was added at the last minute to this All-Star jam session; they appeared after the Count Basie Orchestra and before the Dave Brubeck Quartet. This is the Newport Jazz Festival at which Davis is supposed to have made such a remarkable comeback -- but remember that few of the excellent late-1954 recordings had been released at the time. For all the hype surrounding his playing on this date (including Davis's own in his autobiography), his playing on "'Round Midnight" begins very tentatively, and the applause following his solo is pretty tepid.

Nevertheless, probably on the strengths of his performance here, Davis was soon approached by George Avakian, who offered him a recording contract with Columbia Records.

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