Miles Ahead session details

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March 9, 1958 (8 items; TT = 55:03)
Rudy van Gelder Studio, Hackensack NJ
Commercial for Blue Note
Cannonball Adderley All-Stars

Miles Davis (tpt); Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (as); Hank Jones (p); Sam Jones (b); Art Blakey (d)

1 Autumn Leaves (take 1 (rehearsal)) (J. Prevert-J. Mercer-J. Kosma) 1:06

Van Gelder: "All right..." Adderley: "...and you play it!" Van Gelder: "Hank, you're alone at the very end, right?" Jones: "That's right. Up until these, those four bars there, Rudy." Van Gelder: "At the very end?" Jones: "At the end of the tempo, ah, at the end of the..." Van Gelder: "Yes? Take one..." They play (0:36). Breakdown, Van Gelder: "Do it again." Adderley: "Let's do another one." Davis: "When we do it, come in, Rudy?" Van Gelder: "That's right." Davis: "The two horns?" Van Gelder: "That's it." Davis: "All right." Van Gelder: "Let's try it again."
2 Autumn Leaves (take 1) (J. Prevert-J. Mercer-J. Kosma) 9:49

Van Gelder: "Take one..." Davis: "No, you take one." Laughter. Van Gelder: "Score!" Complete take (9:30). Sam Jones sings the bass line, and Davis says to Adderley, "Better get the water out of your horn, bitch." Adderley, "Oh, I didn't hear it" [undecipherable]
3 Autumn Leaves (take 2) (J. Prevert-J. Mercer-J. Kosma) 11:20

Van Gelder: "Take two..." False start (0:03). Van Gelder: "Wait a minute..." Hank Jones: "We're too fast." Sam Jones: "I was dreamin', man." Davis sings the tempo, then asks, "Hey Rudy, can we start any time?" Van Gelder: "Right." Hank Jones: "That's triple, right?" Complete take (10:55). Edited on Blue Note 45-1737
4 Love for Sale (C. Porter) 7:04
5 Somethin' Else (M. Davis) 8:13
6 One for Daddy-O (N. Adderley) 8:21

At the end of the tune Davis asks, "Is that what you wanted, Alfred?"
7 Dancing in the Dark (H. Dietz-A. Schwartz) 4:05

Davis out
8 Bangoon [Alison's Uncle] (H. Jones) 5:05


2 Autumn Leaves (take 1)
CD: Toshiba TYCJ-81002

3 Autumn Leaves (take 2)
45 rpm: Blue Note BN 45-1737
12" LP: Blue Note BLP 1595 (= BST 81595), Blue Note BN-LA 169, Blue Note ST-46338, Analogue Productions ABNJ 81595 (45 rpm)
CD: Blue Note CDP 46338, Blue Note CDP 36633, Blue Note CDP 95329, Toshiba CJ28 5051, Toshiba 32DP 5205, Toshiba TOCJ-5671, Toshiba TOCJ-6325, Toshiba TYCJ-81002

4 Love for Sale
12" LP: Blue Note BLP 1595 (= BST 81595), Blue Note BN-LA 169, Blue Note ST-46338, Analogue Productions ABNJ 81595 (45 rpm)
CD: Blue Note CDP 46338, Blue Note CDP 95329, Toshiba CJ28 5051, Toshiba 32DP 5205, Toshiba TOCJ-5671, Toshiba TOCJ-6325, Toshiba TYCJ-81002

5 Somethin' Else
45 rpm: Blue Note BN 45-1738
12" LP: Blue Note BLP 1595 (= BST 81595), Blue Note BN-LA 169, Blue Note ST-46338, Analogue Productions ABNJ 81595 (45 rpm)
CD: Blue Note CDP 46338, Blue Note CDP 95329, Toshiba CJ28 5051, Toshiba 32DP 5205, Toshiba TOCJ-5671, Toshiba TOCJ-6325, Toshiba TYCJ-81002

6 One for Daddy-O
45 rpm: Blue Note BN 45-1739
12" LP: Blue Note BLP 1595 (= BST 81595), Blue Note BN-LA 169, Blue Note ST-46338, Analogue Productions ABNJ 81595 (45 rpm)
CD: Blue Note CDP 46338, Blue Note CDP 36633, Blue Note CDP 95329, Toshiba CJ28 5051, Toshiba 32DP 5205, Toshiba TOCJ-5671, Toshiba TYCJ-81002

7 Dancing in the Dark
12" LP: Blue Note BLP 1595 (= BST 81595), Blue Note BN-LA 169, Blue Note ST-46338, Analogue Productions ABNJ 81595 (45 rpm)
CD: Blue Note CDP 46338, Blue Note CDP 95329, Toshiba CJ28 5051, Toshiba 32DP 5205, Toshiba TOCJ-5671, Toshiba TYCJ-81002

8 Bangoon
45 rpm: Blue Note(J) 27001
12" LP: Blue Note BN-LA 169
CD: Blue Note CDP 46338, Blue Note CDP 95329, Toshiba CJ28 5051, Toshiba 32DP 5205, Toshiba TOCJ-5671, Toshiba TYCJ-81002


Davis makes a guest appearance on "Julian Adderley's Five Stars" Blue Note date. Adderley's nominal leadership aside, it's clear who's in charge.

"Bangoon" is sometimes listed as "Alison's Uncle" and credited to Nat Adderley (his daughter Alison was born on this date). At least three incomplete takes of "Dancing in the Dark," all without trumpet, precede the issued version.

Davis re-formed his working group (adding Coltrane as a third solo voice) in January 1958, after he returned from Paris, and 1958 was a very busy year for the Sextet: Birdland, New York (January 2-15); The Continental, New York (January 21-26); Lenny Litman's Copa, Pittsburgh (February 10-15); Town Hall, Philadelphia (Sunday, February 16, 8:00pm); Pep's, Philadelphia (March 17-22); Town Hall, Philadelphia (Saturday, April 5, 8:30 and 11:15 pm); Modern Jazz Room, Cleveland (April 7-13); Blue Bird Inn, Detroit (April 15-20); Café Bohemia, New York (April 25-May 4 -- Bill Evans replaced Red Garland on piano just before this engagement, and Philly Joe Jones left the group afterward to form his own group. He was immediately replaced by Jimmy Cobb); Storyville, Boston (May 5-11); Café Bohemia, New York (May 12-18); Red Hill Inn, Pennsauken NJ (May 20-25); Spotlite Lounge, Washington DC (June 10-15); Small's Paradise, New York (June 24-29). Newport Jazz Festival (Thursday, July 3, 8:30 pm); Village Vanguard, New York (July 22-August 3); Spotlite, Washington DC (August 5-10); Comedy Club, Baltimore (August 12-17); Randall's Island, New York (August 23: Third Annual NY Jazz Festival); Showboat, Philadelphia (September 1-6); Persian Room, Plaza Hotel, New York (Tuesday, September 9); Modern Jazz Room, Cleveland (September 15-21); Clarence's Blue Bird Inn, Detroit (September 23-28); Apollo Theatre, New York (October 17-23); Spotlite Lounge, Washington DC (October 29-November 2); Village Vanguard, New York (November 4-16 -- Evans left the group after this gig, and was replaced by Wynton Kelly); Town Hall, New York (Friday, November 28, 8:00 and 11:00 pm); Mosque Theatre, Newark NJ (November 29); Howard Theatre, Washington DC (December 12-18); Town Hall, New York (Saturday, December 27, 8:30 and 11:00 pm)

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