Miles Ahead session details

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September 29, 1956 (3 items; TT = 11:36)
Café Bohemia, New York NY
Mutual Network radio broadcast (B)
Miles Davis Quintet

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

1 A Gal in Calico (L. Robin-A. Schwartz) 4:45
2 Stablemates (B. Golson) 3:48
3 How Am I to Know? (incomplete) (D. Parker-J. King) 3:03

Voiceover 2:43-3:02: "Miles Davis, Miles Davis, the walkin'-on-eggs trumpet man, coming to you from Jimmy Giarofolo's Café Bohemia, 15 Barrow Street in Greenwich Village. And Miles did a real fine job for us here tonight, everybody's done a real fine job for us if you've listened tonight, that's all we've been saying, and that's another phrase that we've all used..."


1 A Gal in Calico
CD: Domino 891221

2 Stablemates
CD: Domino 891221

3 How Am I to Know? (incomplete)
CD: Domino 891221


This is from Mutual's Bandstand USA, which was broadcast live on Saturday nights beginning in 1956. The date for this recording is sometimes listed as October 27.

In the time between Davis's last two Prestige sessions (May 11 and October 26), and during which he was actively recording for Columbia, 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)

Soon after the second marathon Prestige session (October 26), Davis put the Quintet on hold for a month while he participated in the "Birdland All-Stars in Europe" tour.

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