Miles Ahead session details

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July 3, 1958 (7 items; TT = 40:15)
Festival Field, Newport RI
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); Willis Conover (ann)

1 Introduction (Willis Conover) 1:36

"In the Ellington conception, it isn't the instrument being played that makes the difference, but the man who plays it. The leader of our next group has found himself in the same situation which Mr. Ellington has known, that of establishing a very distinctive, original personal sound, and then hearing it coming back from all his admirers, and being forced to extend his own creative boundaries once again to find something that is again distinctively his own. I'd like to introduce the members of the group, one at a time. At the drums, Jimmy Cobb... On bass, Paul Chambers... At the piano, Bill Evans... Tenor saxophone, John Coltrane... Alto, Julian Cannonball Adderley... " (Voice from crowd: "Don't move 'em boys, don't touch 'em. Don't move the mikes.") "And the leader, trumpet, Miles Davis..."
2 Stage chatter 0:39

Unkn: "Hey, tell Chambers to leave everything alone. He's all right... Just leave everything alone..." Unkn (to Cobb): "Here y'go, Jimmy." Cobb: "Thank you, Edward R. Murrow..." Tune up and count off
3 Ah-Leu-Cha (C. Parker) 5:52

During the applause Davis calls for "Straight, No Chaser" (5:45)
4 Straight, No Chaser (T. Monk) 8:47

During the applause Davis calls for the next tune (8:42)
5 Fran Dance (M. Davis) 7:13

During the applause Davis calls for "Two Bass Hit" (7:04)
6 Two Bass Hit (J. Lewis-D. Gillespie) 4:10

During the applause Davis calls for "Bye Bye Blackbird" (4:07)
7 Bye Bye Blackbird (R. Henderson-M. Dixon) 9:10

Adderley out
8 The Theme (M. Davis) 2:48

Conover: "Miles Davis..." during closing applause (2:45)


1 Introduction (Willis Conover)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 85202, Columbia C2K 53585, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88875 08195, Phontastic PHONT NCD 8813, Sony SRCS 9314/5, Sony SRCS 9727, Sony SRCS 9732/3, Sony SICP 814

2 Stage chatter
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 85202, Columbia C2K 53585, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88875 08195, Phontastic PHONT NCD 8813, Sony SRCS 9314/5, Sony SRCS 9727, Sony SRCS 9732/3, Sony SICP 814

3 Ah-Leu-Cha
12" LP: Columbia CL 2178 (= CS 8978), Columbia 88837 61018, Nippon Columbia YS-392, CBS/Sony SOPZ 10, CBS/Sony 15AP 541, CBS/Sony 20AP 1404, CBS/Sony 25AP 755, CBS/Sony 28AP 2833Nippon Columbia YS-392, CBS/Sony SOPZ 10, 15AP 541, 20AP 1404, 25AP 755, 28AP 2833, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 44052, Columbia CK 85202, Columbia C2K 53585, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88883 75664, Columbia 88875 08195, Phontastic PHONT NCD 8813, CBS/Sony 32DP 522, Sony SRCS 5698, Sony SRCS 9314/5, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9727, Sony SRCS 9732/3, Sony SICP 814, Jazz Roots CD 56045

4 Straight, No Chaser
12" LP: Columbia CL 2178 (= CS 8978), Columbia 88837 61018, Columbia C5X 45000, Nippon Columbia YS-392, CBS/Sony SOPZ 10, CBS/Sony 15AP 541, CBS/Sony 20AP 1404, CBS/Sony 25AP 755, CBS/Sony 28AP 2833Nippon Columbia YS-392, CBS/Sony SOPZ 10, 15AP 541, 20AP 1404, 25AP 755, 28AP 2833, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 44052, Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia CK 85202, Columbia C2K 53585, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88883 75664, Columbia 88875 08195, Phontastic PHONT NCD 8813, CBS/Sony 32DP 522, Sony SRCS 5698, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Sony SRCS 9314/5, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9727, Sony SRCS 9732/3, Sony SICP 814

5 Fran Dance
12" LP: Columbia CL 2178 (= CS 8978), Columbia 88837 61018, Nippon Columbia YS-392, CBS/Sony SOPZ 10, CBS/Sony 15AP 541, CBS/Sony 20AP 1404, CBS/Sony 25AP 755, CBS/Sony 28AP 2833Nippon Columbia YS-392, CBS/Sony SOPZ 10, 15AP 541, 20AP 1404, 25AP 755, 28AP 2833, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 44052, Columbia CK 85202, Columbia C2K 53585, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88883 75664, Columbia 88875 08195, Phontastic PHONT NCD 8813, CBS/Sony 32DP 522, Sony SRCS 5698, Sony SRCS 9314/5, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9727, Sony SRCS 9732/3, Sony SICP 814

6 Two Bass Hit
12" LP: Columbia CL 2178 (= CS 8978), Columbia 88837 61018, Nippon Columbia YS-392, CBS/Sony SOPZ 10, CBS/Sony 15AP 541, CBS/Sony 20AP 1404, CBS/Sony 25AP 755, CBS/Sony 28AP 2833Nippon Columbia YS-392, CBS/Sony SOPZ 10, 15AP 541, 20AP 1404, 25AP 755, 28AP 2833, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 44052, Columbia CK 85202, Columbia C2K 53585, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88883 75664, Columbia 88875 08195, Phontastic PHONT NCD 8813, CBS/Sony 32DP 522, Sony SRCS 5698, Sony SRCS 9314/5, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9727, Sony SRCS 9732/3, Sony SICP 814

7 Bye Bye Blackbird
12" LP: Columbia C2 38262, CBS/Sony 40AP 2771/2, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 44052, Columbia CK 85202, Columbia C2K 53585, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88875 08195, Phontastic PHONT NCD 8813, Sony SRCS 9314/5, Sony SRCS 9727, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9732/3, Sony SICP 814

8 The Theme
12" LP: Columbia C2 38262, CBS/Sony 40AP 2771/2, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 44052, Columbia CK 85202, Columbia C2K 53585, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia 88875 08195, Phontastic PHONT NCD 8813, Sony SRCS 9314/5, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9727, Sony SRCS 9732/3, Sony SICP 814


The notes to CL 2178 wrongly identify the pianist as Wynton Kelly.

The second half of 1958 was a very busy time for the Sextet: Café Bohemia, New York (April 25-May 4); Storyville, Boston (May 5-11); Café Bohemia, New York (May 12-18); Red Hill Inn, Pennsauken NJ (May 20-25); Village Vanguard, New York (May 27-June 1); Spotlite Lounge, Washington DC (June 10-15); Small's Paradise, New York (June 24-29); Newport Jazz Festival (Thursday, July 3, 8:30 pm); Montréal Theatre Maisonneuve (July 10, with other dates in Montréal and Quebec City); 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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