Miles Ahead session details

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December 4-5, 1957 (16 items; TT = 46:49)
Le Poste Parisien Studio, Paris (France)
Commercial for Columbia
René Urtreger Quartet with Miles Davis

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

1 Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (take 1) (M. Davis) 2:28
2 Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (take 2) (M. Davis) 5:22
3 Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (take 3) [Générique] (M. Davis) 2:52
4 Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (take 4) [Florence sur les Champs-Élysées] (M. Davis) 2:58
5 Assassinat (take 1) [Visite du Vigile] (M. Davis) 2:02

Davis, Wilen, Urtreger out
6 Assassinat (take 2) [Julien dans l'Ascenseur] (M. Davis) 2:10

Wilen out
7 Assassinat (take 3) [L'Assassinat de Carala] (M. Davis) 2:10

Wilen out
8 Motel (take 1) [Dîner au Motel] (M. Davis) 3:56

Wilen, Urtreger out
9 Final (take 1) (M. Davis) 3:04

Wilen out
10 Final (take 2) (M. Davis) 3:00

Wilen out
11 Final (take 3) [Chez le Photographe du Motel] (M. Davis) 4:05

Wilen out
12 Ascenseur (take 1) [Évasion de Julien] (M. Davis) 1:56

Michelot solo
13 Le Petit Bal (take 1) (M. Davis) 2:39
14 Le Petit Bal (take 2) [Au bar du Petit Bac] (M. Davis) 2:54
15 Séquence Voiture (take 1) (M. Davis) 2:57
16 Séquence Voiture (take 2) [Sur l'Autoroute] (M. Davis) 2:16


1 Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (take 1)
12" LP: Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

2 Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (take 2)
12" LP: Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

3 Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (take 3)
10" LP: Fontana 460.603
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Columbia C5X 45000, Fontana MGF-27532, Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia 88883 75664, Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805, Columbia C2K 85475, Sony SRCS 2493/4

4 Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées (take 4)
10" LP: Fontana 460.603
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Columbia C5X 45000, Fontana MGF-27532, Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia 88883 75664, Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

5 Assassinat (take 1)
10" LP: Fontana 460.603
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Fontana MGF-27532, Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Columbia 88883 75664, Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

6 Assassinat (take 2)
10" LP: Fontana 460.603
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Fontana MGF-27532, Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Columbia 88883 75664, Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

7 Assassinat (take 3)
10" LP: Fontana 460.603
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Fontana MGF-27532, Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Columbia 88883 75664, Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

8 Motel (take 1)
10" LP: Fontana 460.603
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Fontana MGF-27532, Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Columbia 88883 75664, Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

9 Final (take 1)
12" LP: Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

10 Final (take 2)
12" LP: Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

11 Final (take 3)
10" LP: Fontana 460.603
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Fontana MGF-27532, Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Columbia 88883 75664, Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

12 Ascenseur (take 1)
10" LP: Fontana 460.603
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Fontana MGF-27532, Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Columbia 88883 75664, Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

13 Le Petit Bal (take 1)
12" LP: Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

14 Le Petit Bal (take 2)
10" LP: Fontana 460.603
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Fontana MGF-27532, Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Columbia 88883 75664, Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

15 Séquence Voiture (take 1)
12" LP: Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805

16 Séquence Voiture (take 2)
10" LP: Fontana 460.603
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Fontana MGF-27532, Speakers Corner 0660213, Music on Vinyl MOV LP419
CD: Columbia 88883 75664, Fontana 836 305, Philips 28JD 20170, Philips EJD-3002, Polygram PHCE-2034, Universal UCCU-5012, Universal UCCU-9077, Universal UCCU-9512, Universal UCCU-9805


Edited (fadeouts, echo, etc.), on Columbia CL 1268, etc. Final titles as follows:

  1. Générique [= Sur l'Autoroute, take 2] (2:50)
  2. L'Assassinat de Carala [= Assassinat, take 3] (2:11)
  3. Sur l'Autoroute [= Séquence Voiture, take 2] (2:20)
  4. Julien dans l'Ascenseur [= Assassinat, take 2] (2:09)
  5. Florence sur les Champs-Élysées [= Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées, take 4] (2:52)
  6. Dîner au Motel [= Motel, take 1] (3:59)
  7. Évasion de Julien [= Ascenseur, take 1] (0:54)
  8. Visite du Vigile [= Assassinat, take 1] (2:06)
  9. Au bar du Petit Bac [= Le Petit Bal, take 2] (2:54)
  10. Chez le Photographe du Motel [= Final, take 3] (3:54)

The film contains the following music:

00:40 - 02:16 Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées, take 2 (0:08-1:44)
07:11 - 09:10 Assassinat, take 3 (0:06-2:05)
19:16 - 21:00 Séquence Voiture, take 2 (0:17-2:01)
22:02 - 22:54 Assassinat, take 2 (0:02-0:54)
25:56 - 28:16 Nuit sur les Champs-Élysées, take 3 (0:17-2:45)
32:56 - 33:35 Séquence Voiture, take 1 (1:16-1:55)
33:45 - 34:36 Séquence Voiture, take 1 (0:35-1:14 + ?)
34:36 - 35:40 Blue 'n' Boogie from April 29, 1954
36:08 - 37:03 Assassinat, take 2 (0:06-0:24 + 0:03-0:32)
42:59 - 44:19 Assassinat, take 1 (0:42-2:02)
45:36 - 48:20 Le Petit Bal, take 2 (0:03-2:48)
49:46 - 50:32 Ascenseur (0:44-1:32)
74:00 - 79:05 Clarke high-hat + brushes (not issued?)
88:34 - 90:57 Final, take 2 (0:29-2:55)

These timings are taken from the Criterion Collection DVD (Criterion Collection 335), released in 2006. Thanks to Jan Lohmann for identifying the fragment of "Blue 'n' Boogie."

According to Pierre Michelot, this session began at 10 pm on December 4 and lasted about four hours. There's a nice contemporary (albeit largely fictitious) account of the session and a brief description of the film by Boris Vian -- the text is available here. Apparently Vian was not present at the session, despite his claim to the contrary.

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