Miles Ahead session details

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August 18, 1958 (5 items; TT = 18:46)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra

Miles Davis (tpt, flh); Ernie Royal (tpt); Bernie Glow (tpt); Louis Mucci (tpt); Joe Bennett (tb); Frank Rehak (tb); Jimmy Cleveland (tb); Dick Hixon (tb); Willie Ruff (frh); Julius Watkins (frh); Gunther Schuller (frh); Bill Barber (tuba); Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (as); Romeo Penque (fl, alto fl, cl); Jerome Richardson (fl, alto fl, cl); Danny Bank (alto fl, bcl); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Gil Evans (arr, cond)

1 There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York (remake) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 2:23

As the tune winds down, Evans says, "Ready? Right like that..."
2 I Loves You, Porgy (rehearsal) (D. Heyward-G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 2:18

They play (0:00-0:52) -- fade in/fade out. Davis: "Calvin... I'm gonna play this in the mute... Can I raise this microphone?" Lampley: "Good... Are you gonna stand or sit?" Davis: "Either way..." (Splice) They play (1:14-2:18) -- fade out
3 I Loves You, Porgy (master (take 1)) (D. Heyward-G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 3:39
4 I Loves You, Porgy (take 1 (second version)) (D. Heyward-G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 4:14
5 My Man's Gone Now (remake (take 4)) (D. Heyward-G. Gershwin) 6:12


1 There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York (remake)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

2 I Loves You, Porgy (rehearsal)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

3 I Loves You, Porgy (master (take 1))
45 rpm: Columbia 7-8085 [EP]
12" LP: Columbia CL 1274 (= CS 8085), Sony 88765 40757-1, Nippon Columbia YS-303, CBS/Sony SONP 50148, CBS/Sony SOPL 154, CBS/Sony 18AP 2055, CBS/Sony 23AP 2555, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 40647, Columbia CK 65141, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia CK 65038, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 35DP 61, CBS/Sony 32DP 512, Sony SRCS 5699, Sony SRCS 9107, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9704, Sony SRGS 4518, Sony SICP 813, Sony SICP 1205

4 I Loves You, Porgy (take 1 (second version))
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 65141, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9703, Sony SRGS 4543, Sony SICP 811, Sony SICP 1202, Sony SICP 20052

5 My Man's Gone Now (remake (take 4))
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62


This is the last of four sessions devoted to the recording of Porgy and Bess, Davis's best-selling record until Bitches Brew surpassed it in 1970.

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