Miles Ahead session details

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May 26, 1958 (12 items; TT = 57:13)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis Sextet

Miles Davis (tpt); Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (as); John Coltrane (ts); Bill Evans (p); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d)

1 On Green Dolphin Street (take 3) (N. Washington-B. Kaper) 9:56

Cal Lampley: "OK, still take three..."
2 Fran Dance (take 1) (M. Davis) 6:00

"Put your little foot where it's warm, take one..." As the tune winds downs Davis says, "I wanna hear that." Lampley: "You must hear that." Davis: "I must..."
3 Fran Dance (take 2) (M. Davis) 5:59

"One sec now. CO 61165, take two..."
4 Stella by Starlight (take 1 (inc)) (N. Washington-V. Young) 1:02

Lampley: "This'll be, ah, like, 'Stella', take one." Davis (to Evans?): "...and end it the same way... Wait, wait a minute... Take one, go ahead..." Evans: "This is in tempo?" Davis: "No, no, however you want it..." False start (0:05). Davis: "Slower, here we go. Paul?" then a run through of the opening (0:24). Davis: "Let's cut it off. Go again."
5 Stella by Starlight (take 2 (inc)) (N. Washington-V. Young) 2:43

Lampley: "OK, 'Stella', take two..." False start (0:22). Davis: "...the intro..." Lampley: "OK, this'll still be take two..." Incomplete take (2:05), after which Davis says, "I wanna hear it..."
6 Stella by Starlight (take 3) (N. Washington-V. Young) 5:37

Lampley: "'Stella', take three..." False start (0:12). Davis (to Chambers): "Right on the beat. All right?" Lampley: "Still take three..." As the tune winds down Lampley says, "Miles, keep your tempo, please. Great, but we had a little technical difficulty, so keep your tempo. We wanna do from your first solo into Coltrane, OK? Try to keep your tempo..."
7 Stella by Starlight (take 4 (inc)) (N. Washington-V. Young) 0:56

"OK, 'Stella', four..." Breakdown. Davis: "Try again..."
8 Stella by Starlight (take 5 (inc)) (N. Washington-V. Young) 1:07

Lampley: "Stella, five..." Davis: "Paul, what's wrong with you?" False start (0:15). Lampley: "Still five..." Short incomplete take (0:22). Davis: "Hey man, wake Cannonball up, 'cause he's snorin'..." Someone wakes him up. "Don't snore on my solo, bitch..." (Laughter.)
9 Stella by Starlight (take 6 (inc)) (N. Washington-V. Young) 1:59

Lampley: "This'll be 'Stella', take six..." Davis: "Isn't Stella gonna be tired, Cat?" Lampley: "Yeah, she's wearing out..."
10 Stella by Starlight (take 7) (N. Washington-V. Young) 5:06

Lampley: "OK, here we go..." Davis: "...in other words, the endin' is like the introduction..." Lampley: "Again. OK, this'll be 'Stella', seven..." At the end Lampley says, "Yes, hear it..." (cut off)
11 Stella by Starlight (takes 3/7) (N. Washington-V. Young) 4:42

The originally-issued version consists of take 3 until the end of the tpt introduction, then the remainder from take 7. The edit point is 1:39, at which point an extra beat is introduced
12 Love for Sale (take 1) (C. Porter) 12:06

Lampley: "'Love for Sale' take one..." At the end he remarks, "What can you say?"


1 On Green Dolphin Street (take 3)
45 rpm: Columbia 13-33282
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Music on Vinyl MOV LP019, Columbia CJ 47835, Mosaic MQ9-191, CBS/Sony SOPM 140, CBS/Sony 20AP 1401, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81
CD: Columbia CK 47835, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88697 33552, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 32DP 521, CBS/Sony CSCS 5140, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 6841, Sony SRCS 9102, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9744, Sony SICP 1204, Sony SRCS 7218

2 Fran Dance (take 1)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88697 33552, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6

3 Fran Dance (take 2)
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Columbia CJ 47835, CBS/Sony SOPM 140, CBS/Sony 20AP 1401, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 47835, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88697 33552, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 32DP 521, CBS/Sony CSCS 5140, Sony SRCS 6841, Sony SRCS 9102, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9744, Sony SICP 1204

10 Stella by Starlight (take 7)
12" LP: Columbia CJ 47835
CD: Columbia CK 47835

11 Stella by Starlight (takes 3/7)
12" LP: Columbia CL 1268, Columbia 88883 76108, Columbia C5X 45000, CBS/Sony SOPM 140, CBS/Sony 20AP 1401, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia CK 64616, Columbia 88697 33552, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 32DP 521, CBS/Sony CSCS 5140, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Sony SRCS 6841, Sony SRCS 9102, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9744, Sony SICP 1204, Jazz Roots CD 56045

12 Love for Sale (take 1)
12" LP: Columbia PG 33402, Columbia C5X 45000, CBS/Sony 20AP 1401, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C2K 46862, Columbia CK 47835, Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia CK 64616, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88697 33552, CBS/Sony 32DP 521, CBS/Sony CSCS 5140, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Sony SRC 9102, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRC 9744, CBS/Sony CSCS 5340/41, Sony SRCS 9308/9, Sony SRCS 9759/60


Adderley is out on all takes of "Stella by Starlight" -- and he falls asleep in the studio while the rest of the group works on it.

The Davis Sextet was very busy during this period, and this session was packed in between a week at the Red Hill Inn, Pennsauken NJ (May 20-25) and a week at the Blue Bird Inn, Detroit (May 27-June 1).

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