This was recorded for AFRS's Treasury of Music show; it was broadcast
on AFRS September 16, 1960.
Some tapes include an additional minute or so of "Lullaby of Birdland" (the show's
theme) after the concluding voiceover. Also, on some tapes "So What" is interrupted
after Kelly's solo, where a one-minute announcement is inserted: "Now, while Miles
Davis and the Sextet catch their collective breath, let's listen to this message...
(Different announcer:) Four Navy ships arrived off the coast of Colombo, Ceylon
-- the U.S.S. Duxberry, U.S.S. Princeton, U.S.S. Sutherland, and U.S.S. Henderson.
They were there to take part in the rescue work made necessary by one of the worst
floods in the history of Ceylon. Over 300 tons of food were offloaded and dispatched
to the disaster areas. 160 tons were air-lifted by the helicopters of the Princeton.
Medical teams from all the Navy ships immunized thousands of people to prevent epidemic
outbreaks. They also purified the drinking water. After five days of 24-hours-a-day
work, the flood waters receded, and the emergency passed. The spirit and teamwork
displayed by these Navy men gave us all a thought to remember: we are Americans;
as we go, so goes America... (Original announcer:) Back now to the Miles Davis Sextet
and the final portion of 'So What'..."
The Davis Sextet had begun a two-week engagement at Birdland on Thursday, August
13; during the two-week engagement the group also performed at the Randall's Island
Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 23. Davis was beaten and arrested outside Birdland during
a late intermission on August 25-26. News of the beating appeared in the New York
Times on Wednesday, August 26. Adderley left the group after this gig. Davis sued
the City of New York and had to attend to legal matters throughout the autumn, and he
and Gil Evans were beginning plans for sessions that would result in the Sketches of
Spain album, but the Quintet continued to perform throughout the fall: Cotton Club,
Atlantic City NJ (September 1-6); Showboat, Philadelphia (September 7-16); Birdland, New
York (September 17-October 7); Assembly Hall, Hunter College, New York (Sunday, October 4,
8:30pm); Academy of Music, Philadelphia (Sunday, October 11); Howard Theatre, Washington
DC (October 16-22); Brooklyn Paramount, New York (October 23-29); Birdland, New York
(November 5-25); St. Nicholas Arena, New York (Friday, November 27, 9:00 pm); Club 12,
Detroit (December 11-20); Regal Theatre, Chicago (December 25-31).