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October 17-30, 1957 (6 items; TT = 20:17)
Birdland, New York NY
AFRS radio broadcast (B)
Miles Davis Quintet
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Miles Davis (tpt); Bobby Jaspar (ts, fl); Tommy Flanagan (p); Paul Chambers (b); Philly Joe Jones (d)

1 Introduction 0:10
2 All of You (C. Porter) 8:30
3 Introduction 0:04
4 Four (M. Davis) 5:34
5 Nature Boy (E. Ahbez) 4:28
6 A Night in Tunisia (incomplete) (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 1:31


1 Introduction
12" LP: AFRS 4448, Jazz Band EB 418
CD: Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2050, Storyville STA 130467, Definitive DRCD 11294, Rare Live Recordings RLR 88666

2 All of You
12" LP: AFRS 4448, Jazz Band EB 418
CD: Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2050, Storyville STA 130467, Definitive DRCD 11294, Rare Live Recordings RLR 88666

3 Introduction
12" LP: AFRS 4448
CD: Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2050, Storyville STA 130467, Definitive DRCD 11294, Rare Live Recordings RLR 88666

4 Four
CD: Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2050, Storyville STA 130467, Definitive DRCD 11294, Rare Live Recordings RLR 88666

5 Nature Boy
CD: Rare Live Recordings RLR 88666

6 A Night in Tunisia (incomplete)
CD: Rare Live Recordings RLR 88666


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 23).

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.

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