Miles Ahead session details

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May 10, 1957 (10 items; TT = 38:04)
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 My Ship (take 1) (K. Weill-I. Gershwin) 4:21
2 My Ship (take 6) (K. Weill-I. Gershwin) 4:36
3 My Ship (take 7) (K. Weill-I. Gershwin) 4:38
4 My Ship (master (take 10)) (K. Weill-I. Gershwin) 4:30
5 Miles Ahead (rehearsal) (M. Davis-G. Evans) 1:47

Avakian: "Miles' tune, take one..." Evans: "OK, that's after two, Arthur, on the second bar. One, two, three, four..." They play (0:14-0:24). Evans: "All right, cut. A little more attack on that triplet (sings)... A little more attack on that, give it a little... character (sings). One, two, three, four..." False start (0:42-0:47). "One, two, three... Ready?" They play (0:57-1:10). "That's right, you're OK." (Splice) "That comes out of a very soft, no-vibrato chorus that we're playin' now -- real nice, huh, just real soft. One, two, three, four..." They play (1:21-1:42). "Cut. Could we make that trip a little slower?"
6 Miles Ahead (take 4) (M. Davis-G. Evans) 3:35

Avakian: "Miles' tune, take three..." Evans: "Wait a minute now. One more thing Miles and I have to figure out. At that letter F, where the brass come in and play, like..."
7 Miles Ahead (take 11) (M. Davis-G. Evans) 3:32
8 Miles Ahead (take 12) (M. Davis-G. Evans) 3:34

At the end Evans says, "OK, let's have another one, huh, right away..."
9 Miles Ahead (take 15) (M. Davis-G. Evans) 4:02

As the tune winds dows Davis says "Bravo!" Evans: "No, that wasn't it." Unknown: "No, sir..." Avakian: "OK, thanks, guys." Evans: "No, the one before..." Avakian: "Yeah, I agree, I agree -- too many wrong ones there.. We're safe, though." Davis: "Hey George, play 'My Ship', will ya?" Avakian: "OK, we will." Davis: "Thank you, gracias, danke schön..." Evans: "Oh, by the way, before you leave, there's another, uh, the next date is on the 23rd -- I called a few of you, but there wasn't... there was something indefinite about it, so I didn't call everybody. The next date is on the 23rd."
10 Miles Ahead (master (takes 15/11)) (M. Davis-G. Evans) 3:29

The issued version includes an overdubbed tpt solo from August 22


1 My Ship (take 1)
12" LP: Columbia CJ 40784, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 40784, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

2 My Ship (take 6)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

3 My Ship (take 7)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

4 My Ship (master (take 10))
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 CK 65038, 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

5 Miles Ahead (rehearsal)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

6 Miles Ahead (take 4)
12" LP: Columbia CJ 40784, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 40784, Columbia CK 65121, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

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

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

9 Miles Ahead (take 15)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

10 Miles Ahead (master (takes 15/11))
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, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, 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, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4


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

The issued version of "Miles Ahead" includes overdubbed parts recorded during the August 22 session. All of the tunes involve some kind of post-production.

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