Miles Ahead session details

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October 26, 1955 (31 items; TT = 112:14)
Columbia Studio D, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); John Coltrane (ts); William "Red" Garland (p); Paul Chambers (b); Philly Joe Jones (d)

1 Two Bass Hit (take 1) (J. Lewis-D. Gillespie) 3:50

False start (0:03), then complete take
2 Two Bass Hit (take 2) (J. Lewis-D. Gillespie) 4:12

"Co 54129, take two..."
3 Two Bass Hit (take 3 (fs + inc)) (J. Lewis-D. Gillespie) 1:45

"Co 54129, take three..." False start (0:06), then incomplete take
4 Two Bass Hit (take 4 (fs)) (J. Lewis-D. Gillespie) 0:23

"Co 54129, take four..." Two false starts
5 Two Bass Hit (take 5) (J. Lewis-D. Gillespie) 3:45

"Co 54129, take five..."
6 Two Bass Hit (take 2/5) (J. Lewis-D. Gillespie) 3:41

The issued version consists of take 2 through most of ts solo, then remainder from take five. The edit point is 2:31
7 Ah-Leu-Cha (take 1) (C. Parker) 6:07

"Co 54130, take one..."
8 Ah-Leu-Cha (take 2 (fs)) (C. Parker) 0:21

"Co 54129, take two..."
9 Ah-Leu-Cha (take 3 (inc)) (C. Parker) 1:33

"Call it take three..."
10 Ah-Leu-Cha (take 4) (C. Parker) 6:21

Coltrane practicing, then "Co 54130, take four. Quiet out there, everybody..." False start (0:03) then incomplete take
11 Ah-Leu-Cha (take 5) (C. Parker) 6:10

"Co 54130, take five... John, move the tenor in a little closer to the mike during your solo only..."
12 Ah-Leu-Cha (take 5/4) (C. Parker) 5:49

The issued version consists of take 5 to middle of tpt solo, then remainder from take 4. The edit point is 1:58
13 Billy Boy (take 1 (inc)) (Traditional) 0:54

"Co 54131, take one..."
14 Billy Boy (take 2) (Traditional) 11:31

"Take two..." False start (0:03), then complete take
15 Billy Boy (take 3) (Traditional) 8:40

"Co 54131, take three..."
16 Little Melonae (rehearsal) (J. McLean) 0:09
17 Little Melonae (take 1 (inc)) (J. McLean) 1:24

"Melonae, take one..."
18 Little Melonae (take 2) (J. McLean) 9:08

"Co 54132, take two..." Two false starts (0:05, 0:03), then complete take
19 Little Melonae (take 3) (J. McLean) 7:19

"Co 54132, take two [sic]..."
20 Little Melonae (take 2/3) (J. McLean) 7:19

The issued version consists of take 2 to middle of tpt solo, then remainder from take 3. The edit point is 1:57. There is an additional splice at 6:57, so the final statement of the theme is from another take
21 Budo (rehearsal) (B. Powell-M. Davis) 0:55

Rehearsal (0:36), then chatter
22 Budo (rehearsal) (B. Powell-M. Davis) 1:58

Chatter + rehearsing (0:19). They play (0:19-0:41)
23 Budo (take 1) (B. Powell-M. Davis) 5:17

Unintelligible exchange between Davis and George Avakian, then "Co 54133, take one..."
24 Budo (take 2) (B. Powell-M. Davis) 4:42

"Co 54133, take one... two..." False start (0:11), then complete take
25 Budo (take 2 (insert)) (B. Powell-M. Davis) 1:09

At the end Avakian says "I really like this much better now, we've, ah, put some echo on, which takes away the harshness. Uh, let's, let's take it right from the top, and if the, ah, balance between the two horns isn't right we'll stop you right away..."
26 Budo (take 3 (fs)) (B. Powell-M. Davis) 0:22

"CO 54133, take three..." Avakian interrupts at 0:07: "Yeah, Miles, uh, try backing up a little bit more..."
27 Budo (take 4 (fs)) (B. Powell-M. Davis) 0:22

"Uh, take four..." Avakian interrupts again at 0:07: "Uh, sorry to do it again. Too much tenor now. That's it. Yeah, you got it. You back up too, John, uh, I think we got the right sound now..."
28 Budo (take 5 (fs)) (B. Powell-M. Davis) 0:38

"All right, this is take five..." Two false starts (0:09, 0:12). Avakian: "Yeah, this is a good sound now."
29 Budo (take 6 (inc)) (B. Powell-M. Davis) 1:18

"Co 54133, take six..." Avakian interrupts at 0:49: "Miles? Miles, excuse me. Could we, could we take it once again from the top? There are a couple little clams there, and John, again we've got a little spit sound, that's probably 'cause you're blowin' soft, you know? If you go back, you'll, ah, you'll enable you to blow a little stronger..."
30 Budo (take 7 (inc)) (B. Powell-M. Davis) 0:47

"OK, Co 54133, take seven..." Breakdown at 0:32. Avakian: "Sounds really good now..."
31 Budo (take 8) (B. Powell-M. Davis) 4:25

"Take eight..." The issued version of take 8 includes the opening theme from take 1 and the coda from take 2. The edit points are 0:42 and 3:55


1 Two Bass Hit (take 1)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6

6 Two Bass Hit (take 2/5)
12" LP: Columbia KC2 36278, CBS/Sony 36AP 1409/10, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C2K 46862, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia CK 85201, Columbia C2K 94750, CBS/Sony CSCS 5340/1, Sony SRCS 9308/9, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9725, Sony SRGS 4517, Sony SRCS 9759/60, Sony SICP 810, Sony SICP 892, Sony SICP 1201

7 Ah-Leu-Cha (take 1)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6

11 Ah-Leu-Cha (take 5)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia CK 85201, Columbia C2K 94750, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SICP 892, Sony SICP 1201

12 Ah-Leu-Cha (take 5/4)
12" LP: Columbia CL 949 (= CS 8649), Columbia 88765 48605, Speakers Corner CL 949, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-373, Nippon Columbia YS-302, Nippon Columbia SL-1012, CBS/Sony SONP 50033, CBS/Sony SOPC 57139, CBS/Sony SOPL 151, CBS/Sony 18AP 2052, CBS/Sony 23AP 2552, CBS/Sony 25AP 751, CBS/Sony 28AP 2831, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 40610, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia CK 85201, Columbia C2K 94750, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 32DP 510, Sony SRCS 9101, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9725, Sony SRGS 4517, Sony SICP 810, Sony SICP 892, Sony SICP 1201

20 Little Melonae (take 2/3)
12" LP: Columbia PC 32025, CBS/Sony SOPM 140, CBS/Sony 20AP 1401, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 44052, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, CBS/Sony CSCS 5140, Sony SRCS 9102, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9744, Sony SICP 1204, Sony SRGS 4517

23 Budo (take 1)
12" LP: Columbia C5X 45000, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia CK 85201, Columbia C2K 94750, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SICP 892, Sony SICP 1201

31 Budo (take 8)
12" LP: Columbia CL 1020, Columbia PC 32025, Columbia JP 13811, Mosaic MQ9-191, CBS (F) BPG 62637, CBS/Sony SONP 50199, CBS/Sony SOPM 140
CD: Columbia CK 44052, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6


This is Davis's first session for Columbia, undertaken while he was still under exclusive contract with Prestige. (The Columbia material was not released until after Davis had fulfilled the terms of his Prestige contract.) Coltrane joined the Davis Quintet in late September at the Club Las Vegas in Baltimore. For the rest of the year they were quite busy: Club Las Vegas, Baltimore; (September 27-October 2); Blue Bird Inn, Detroit (possibly October 4-9); Birdland, New York (October 13-16); Carnegie Hall, New York (Saturday, October 15, 8:30pm); Andy's Log Cabin, Gloucester Heights, NJ (October 17); Jazzarama, Boston (October 27-November 6); Cotton Club, Cleveland (November 7-13); Hudson Theatre, New York (Tonight Show, November 17); Basin Street, New York (November 18-19); Olivia's Patio Lounge, Washington DC (November 21-26); Blue Note, Philadelphia (December 5-10); Birdland Show Lounge, Chicago (December 21-January 1, 1956).

"Budo" is Bud Powell's "Hallucinations," recorded for Mercury in 1951. When the tune was recorded by Davis Nonet for Capitol in January 1949, the title had changed to "Budo" and Davis was co-credited as composer.

Several incomplete takes of "Ah-Leu-Cha" and "Budo" are included in American Public Radio's Miles Davis Radio Project (1990). Davis and Coltrane are out on "Billy Boy." Most of the takes of "Ah-Leu-Cha" and "Billy Boy" are included on The Making of 'Round About Midnight (Kind of Blue KOB 004).

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