I'm unsure of the exact date of this recording, originally issued on an AFRS transcription.
Davis was out of commission for a while in late September following surgery. The
Quintet -- with Sonny Rollins, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Art Taylor -- was
booked at Café Bohemia for four weeks (August 31-September 27), but the first post-surgery
engagement was apparently at Café Bohemia in mid-October (October 11-16), followed
by a two-week stay at Birdland (October 17-30).
Sonny Rollins left the Quintet to form his own band, probably during Davis's recovery.
Soon thereafter Davis fired Taylor and Garland. For replacements he found Bobby
Jaspar, Tommy Flanagan, and Jimmy Cobb. Cobb soon left, to be replaced by Philly
Joe Jones. Cannonball Adderley replaced Jaspar in the Quintet in early October,
and he was in place for the October Café Bohemia and Birdland dates. It's possible
that Adderley replaced Jaspar during one of these engagements, but the saxophonist
here is definitely Jaspar.
During the Birdland gig the Quintet (with Adderley) played a one-night performance
at Philadelphia's Convention Hall (October 19). The Davis Quintet, along with groups
led by George Shearing, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton, and Helen Merrill, then
participated in the "Jazz for Moderns" tour which lasted until late November. Some
of the venues: Mosque Theatre, Newark (Nov 2);
Kiel Opera House, St. Louis (Nov 12); Kansas City Auditorium (Nov 13); Huff Gymnasium,
Urbana-Champaign (Nov 14); Orchestra Hall, Chicago (Nov 15); Masonic Auditorium,
Cleveland (Nov 16); Masonic Temple, Detroit (Nov 17); Auditorium Theatre, Rochester
(Nov 17); Carnegie Hall, New York (Nov 22); National Guard Armory, Washington (Nov
Davis put the Quintet on hold in late November as he traveled to Paris for a three
week residency at the Club St. Germain. He returned to the U.S. on December 20 and
the Quintet played a one-week engagement at Chicago's Sutherland Lounge (December
24-29). Thanks to Chris DeVito and Jim Rowan for help with this date.