Miles Ahead session details

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May 6, 1957 (12 items; TT = 35:08)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra

Miles Davis (flh); Ernie Royal (tpt); Bernie Glow (tpt); Louis Mucci (tpt); Taft Jordan (tpt); Johnny Carisi (tpt); Frank Rehak (tb); Jimmy Cleveland (tb); Joe Bennett (tb); Tom Mitchell (tb); Willie Ruff (frh); Tony Miranda (frh); Bill Barber (tuba); Romeo Penque (fl, cl, bcl, oboe); Sid Cooper (fl, cl); Lee Konitz (as); Danny Bank (bcl); Paul Chambers (b); Arthur Taylor (d); Gil Evans (arr, cond)

1 The Maids of Cadiz (take 1) (L. Delibes) 4:01
2 The Maids of Cadiz (master (take 6/11)) (L. Delibes) 3:55

Includes take 6 (0:00-0:04), take 11 (0:04-1:11), take 6 (1:11-1:44), and take 11 (1:44-3:55)
3 The Maids of Cadiz (rehearsal) (L. Delibes) 1:25

They play (0:00-0:44). Evans: "It's very difficult to get that note... All right, let's play the ending, the last four bars... I'm sorry, yeah, it's very frustrating... The last six and I won't stop you playing. Three, four..." They play (1:05-1:19). "OK."
4 The Maids of Cadiz (take 9) (L. Delibes) 0:37

Begins with Evans counting off. At the end he says, "All right, cut. It's too loud at the down beat. When you come in at letter A, that's supposed to be real soft. Is that as soft as you can possibly play? One, two, three four..."
5 The Maids of Cadiz (take 10) (L. Delibes) 4:10
6 The Maids of Cadiz (take 11) (L. Delibes) 4:12
7 The Maids of Cadiz (take 11 (insert)) (L. Delibes) 2:21

At the end Evans says, "All right, one more insert. First three, ah, first four bars. New intro, we'll get a good start on that, huh -- 'cause I never did remember to keep conducting that..."
8 The Duke (take 1) (D. Brubeck) 3:37
9 The Duke (take 3 (fs)) (D. Brubeck) 0:10

False start (0:04). Davis: "John..." Unkn: "Kick it off." Davis: "What, the last four bars?"
10 The Duke (master (take 3)) (D. Brubeck) 3:43

Avakian: "Take two... three... Count it off, Miles..." Davis: "One, two, three..."
11 The Duke (take 8) (D. Brubeck) 3:28
12 The Duke (take 11) (D. Brubeck) 3:29


1 The Maids of Cadiz (take 1)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

2 The Maids of Cadiz (master (take 6/11))
12" LP: Columbia CL 1041 (= CS 8633), Sony 88765 41386-1, Nippon Columbia YS-304, CBS/Sony SONP 50147, CBS/Sony SOPL 152, CBS/Sony 18AP 2053, CBS/Sony 23AP 2553, CBS/Sony 25AP 752, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 53225, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 32DP 511, Sony SRCS 5697, Sony SRCS 9106, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9703, Sony SRGS 4543, Sony SICP 811, Sony SICP 1202, Sony SICP 20052

3 The Maids of Cadiz (rehearsal)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

4 The Maids of Cadiz (take 9)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

5 The Maids of Cadiz (take 10)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

6 The Maids of Cadiz (take 11)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

7 The Maids of Cadiz (take 11 (insert))
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

8 The Duke (take 1)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

9 The Duke (take 3 (fs))
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

10 The Duke (master (take 3))
12" LP: Columbia CL 1041 (= CS 8633), Sony 88765 41386-1, Nippon Columbia YS-304, CBS/Sony SONP 50147, CBS/Sony SOPL 152, CBS/Sony 18AP 2053, CBS/Sony 23AP 2553, CBS/Sony 25AP 752, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 53225, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 32DP 511, Sony SRCS 5697, Sony SRCS 9106, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9703, Sony SRGS 4543, Sony SICP 811, Sony SICP 1202, Sony SICP 20052

11 The Duke (take 8)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

12 The Duke (take 11)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62


This is the first of four studio sessions scheduled for the recording of Miles Ahead.

The issued versions of all of these tunes involve some kind of post-production.

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