Miles Ahead session details

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December 18, 1957 (6 items; TT = 13:27)
Beethovensaal, Stuttgart (Germany)
S├╝ddeutscher Rundfunk (SDR) TV broadcast (B-)
Erwin Lehn Orchestra with Miles Davis
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Miles Davis (tpt); Horst Jankowski (p); Peter Witte (b); Hermann Mutschler (d)

1 Yesterdays (J. Kern-O. Harbach) 2:36

Splice in Davis solo at 0:50
2 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 4:45
3 Walkin' (rehearsal) (R. Carpenter) 0:55
4 Walkin' (fragment) (R. Carpenter) 1:56
5 Walkin' (fragment) (R. Carpenter) 0:58
6 Walkin' (incomplete) (R. Carpenter) 2:17


1 Yesterdays
CD: Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2050, Storyville STA 130467

2 'Round Midnight
CD: Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2050, Storyville STA 130467

3 Walkin' (rehearsal)
Video: Treffpunkt Jazz

4 Walkin' (fragment)
Video: Treffpunkt Jazz

5 Walkin' (fragment)
Video: Treffpunkt Jazz

6 Walkin' (incomplete)
CD: Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2050, Storyville STA 130467


This concert was scheduled at the end of Davis's European sojourn. It was broadcast on SDR-TV's Treffpunkt Jazz. There is a lot of overlap among the fragments of "Walkin'" listed above. None is close to complete, and even when pieced together we have just an opening chorus and some of Davis's solo.

Listed in the SWR Stuttgart archives are the following titles:

  1. Probe (rehearsal) (Davis, Jankowski + Erwin Lehn Orchestra) (5:55)
  2. Tune Up (Davis + Jankowski Trio) (3:35)
  3. But Not for Me (Davis + Jankowski Trio) (3:00)
  4. Yesterdays (Davis + Jankowski Trio) (2:30)
  5. Bags' Groove (Davis + Jankowski Trio) (3:15)
  6. 'Round Midnight (Davis + Orchestra) (4:41)
  7. Walkin' (Davis + Orchestra) (2:53)
  8. My Funny Valentine (Davis + Orchestra) (2:45)

Several of these titles are lost. Additional titles were performed by the S├╝dfunk-Tanzorchester conducted by Erwin Lehn, and the Johannes Rediske Quintet with Ingrid Werner (voc).

Davis returned to the U.S. in late December, and a sextet with Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Garland, Chambers, and Jones began a two-week engagement at Birdland (January 2-15, 1958).

Thanks to Alexander Keth for the details of what's in the Stuttgart archive.

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