Miles Ahead session details

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November 30, 1957 (6 items; TT = 36:38)
Olympia Theatre, Paris (France)
ORTF radio broadcast (C+)
René Urtreger Quartet with Miles Davis

Miles Davis (tpt); Barney Wilen (ts); René Urtreger (p); Pierre Michelot (b); Kenny Clarke (d)

1 Bags' Groove (M. Jackson) 6:50
2 Tune Up (M. Davis) 4:11
3 Four (M. Davis) 5:56

Missing first chorus on Carlyne
4 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 7:18
5 No Moe (S. Rollins) 7:14
6 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 5:09


1 Bags' Groove
12" LP: Carlyne CAR 006
CD: Rare Live Recordings RLR 88665

2 Tune Up
CD: Rare Live Recordings RLR 88665

3 Four
12" LP: Carlyne CAR 006
CD: Rare Live Recordings RLR 88665

4 Walkin'
CD: Rare Live Recordings RLR 88665

5 No Moe
CD: Rare Live Recordings RLR 88665

6 'Round Midnight
CD: Rare Live Recordings RLR 88665


Davis flew to Paris at the end of November for this concert at the Olympia, followed by some shows at the Salle Gaveau and a three-week residency at the Club St. Germain. The final concert was apparently on December 20. During this time in Paris, Davis agreed to collaborate with Louis Malle on the soundtrack for a new film, and they gathered in Le Poste Parisien Studio in early December. According to an interview with Jeanne de Mirbeck, René Urtreger's sister and Davis's companion during his 1956 European tour, Davis also played in Brussels, although the date is uncertain (see Jazz Magazine, December 2007, pp. 20-21).

This music was originally broadcast on AFRS's One Night Stand, but I don't know the date of the original broadcast.

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