Miles Ahead session details

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June 25, 1958 (4 items; TT = 15:42)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Michel Legrand and His Orchestra

Miles Davis (tpt); John Coltrane (ts); Phil Woods (as); Jerome Richardson (bs, bcl); Herbie Mann (fl); Barry Galbraith (g); Betty Glamann (harp); Eddie Costa (vb); Bill Evans (p); Paul Chambers (b); Kenny Dennis (d); Michel Legrand (arr, cond)

1 Wild Man Blues (L. Armstrong-F. Morton) 3:20
2 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 2:56
3 The Jitterbug Waltz (F. Waller) 5:15
4 Django (J. Lewis) 4:11

Coltrane, Woods, Richardson, Mann out


1 Wild Man Blues
12" LP: Columbia CL 1250 (= CS 8079), CBS (F) BPG 62637, CBS/Sony SONP 50200, Philips 195J-58
CD: Philips 830 074, Philips (J) EJD-3013

2 'Round Midnight
12" LP: Columbia CL 1250 (= CS 8079), CBS (F) BPG 62637, CBS/Sony SONP 50200, Philips 195J-58
CD: Philips 830 074, Philips (J) EJD-3013

3 The Jitterbug Waltz
12" LP: Columbia CL 1250 (= CS 8079), CBS (F) BPG 62637, CBS/Sony SONP 50200, Philips 195J-58
CD: Philips 830 074, Philips (J) EJD-3013

4 Django
12" LP: Columbia CL 1250 (= CS 8079), CBS (F) BPG 62637, CBS/Sony SONP 50200, Philips 195J-58
CD: Philips 830 074, Philips (J) EJD-3013


Legrand was under contract with Columbia to record "mood music" -- his I Love Paris (Columbia CL 555, released 1954), Holiday in Rome (CL 647, 1955), Vienna Holiday (CL 706, 1955), Castles in Spain (CL 888, 1956), and Bonjour Paris (CL 947, 1957) all sold well and were popular among swingers in the late 1950s. Although these arrangements sound a bit precious, and Coltrane in particular sounds constrained, Davis and Evans have some fine moments.

Two other sessions in Columbia Studios for Legrand's record, June 27 and 30, do not involve Davis or any members of the Sextet.

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