Miles Ahead session details

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June 5, 1956 (15 items; TT = 62:28)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis Quintet
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Miles Davis (tpt); John Coltrane (ts); William "Red" Garland (p); Paul Chambers (b); Philly Joe Jones (d)

1 Dear Old Stockholm (rehearsal) (Traditional, arr. S. Getz) 1:02
2 Dear Old Stockholm (take 1) (Traditional, arr. S. Getz) 8:05
3 Dear Old Stockholm (take 2 (inc)) (Traditional, arr. S. Getz) 2:16
4 Dear Old Stockholm (take 3 (inc)) (Traditional, arr. S. Getz) 0:49
5 Dear Old Stockholm (take 4) (Traditional, arr. S. Getz) 7:15
6 Bye Bye Blackbird (take 1) (R. Henderson-M. Dixon) 8:06
7 Bye Bye Blackbird (take 2 (inc)) (R. Henderson-M. Dixon) 0:41
8 Bye Bye Blackbird (take 3) (R. Henderson-M. Dixon) 8:05
9 Tadd's Delight (rehearsal) (T. Dameron) 2:25
10 Tadd's Delight (take 1 (inc)) (T. Dameron) 1:02
11 Tadd's Delight (take 2) (T. Dameron) 5:09
12 Tadd's Delight (take 3) (T. Dameron) 4:46
13 Tadd's Delight (take 4 (inc)) (T. Dameron) 1:05
14 Tadd's Delight (take 5) (T. Dameron) 4:50
15 Dear Old Stockholm (take 5) (Traditional, arr. S. Getz) 6:52


2 Dear Old Stockholm (take 1)
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, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 40610, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia CK 85201, Columbia C2K 94750, Columbia CK 65038, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 32DP 510, CBS/Sony CSCS 5138, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, 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

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

8 Bye Bye Blackbird (take 3)
12" LP: Columbia CL 949 (= CS 8649), Columbia 88765 48605, Speakers Corner CL 949, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-373, Columbia C5X 45000, 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 C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia CK 85201, Columbia C2K 94750, Columbia C2K 85475, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 32DP 510, CBS/Sony CSCS 5138, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, 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, Sony SRCS 2493/4

11 Tadd's Delight (take 2)
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, CBS/Sony CSCS 5138, 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

14 Tadd's Delight (take 5)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6

15 Dear Old Stockholm (take 5)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6


This is the second of three Columbia sessions scheduled while Davis was still fulfilling the terms of his contract with Prestige. It provides another index of Davis's improvement as a soloist: compare this version of "Dear Old Stockholm" to that recorded at the first Blue Note session in May 1952.

Take 5 of "Dear Old Stockholm" was performed at the end of the session, after the other titles. The tempo is quicker than on earlier takes. The takes of "Dear Old Stockholm" are included on The Making of 'Round About Midnight (Kind of Blue KOB 004).

"Tadd's Delight" is essentially the same tune as "Webb's Delight" (the Dameron Group's theme as performed at the Royal Roost in February 1949) and "Sid's Delight" (as recorded by Dameron and Fats Navarro for Capitol M-11059 the same year). Dameron was apparently keen on delight -- there's also "John's Delight," a different tune recorded with Davis for Capitol in April 1949.

In the time between Davis's last two Prestige sessions (May 11 and October 26), the Quintet maintained a busy touring schedule: Café Bohemia, New York (May 3-9 and May 25-June 10; Blue Note, Philadelphia (June 11-16); Crown Propeller Lounge, Chicago (June 19-July 8); Graystone Ballroom, Detroit (Monday, July 9); Peacock Alley, St. Louis (July 13-21); Rouge Lounge, Detroit (July 24-29, probably canceled); Café Bohemia, New York (September 7-29); Storyville, Boston (October 1-7); Café Bohemia, New York (October 15-29)

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