Miles Ahead session details

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March 10, 1960 (19 items; TT = 55:42)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra
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Miles Davis (tpt); Ernie Royal (tpt); Bernie Glow (tpt); Johnny Coles (tpt); Louis Mucci (tpt); Dick Hixon (tb); Frank Rehak (tb); Jimmy Buffington (frh); Joe Singer (frh); Tony Miranda (frh); Bill Barber (tuba); Al Block (fl); Harold Feldman (fl); Danny Bank (bcl); Romeo Penque (oboe); Jack Knitzer (bssn); Janet Putnam (harp); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Elvin Jones (perc); Elden "Buster" Bailey (perc); Gil Evans (arr, cond)

1 The Pan Piper (take 1) (G. Evans) 3:10
2 The Pan Piper (master (take 2)) (G. Evans) 3:51
3 Song of Our Country (take 1) (G. Evans) 3:02
4 Song of Our Country (take 1 (inc)) (G. Evans) 0:29
5 Song of Our Country (take 2 (inc)) (G. Evans) 0:25
6 Song of Our Country (take 3 (fs)) (G. Evans) 0:05
7 Song of Our Country (take 4 (fs)) (G. Evans) 0:06
8 Song of Our Country (take 5 (with intro)) (G. Evans) 3:20
9 Song of Our Country (take ? (without intro)) (G. Evans) 2:51
10 Song of Our Country (take ? (inc)) (G. Evans) 0:36
11 Song of Our Country (take 9 (without intro)) (G. Evans) 2:58
12 Song of Our Country (take ? (without intro)) (G. Evans) 3:07
13 Song of Our Country (take 14 (fs)) (G. Evans) 0:24
14 Song of Our Country (take 14 (without intro)) (G. Evans) 3:08
15 Solea (master (take 2)) (G. Evans) 12:14

Edited (3:02) on Columbia 33037
16 Will o' the Wisp (master (take 2)) (M. de Falla) 3:46
17 Saeta (rehearsal) (G. Evans) 1:05
18 Saeta (master (take 2, inc)) (G. Evans) 5:05
19 Saeta (take 2) (G. Evans) 6:00

Edited (5:32) on CL 1610, etc.


1 The Pan Piper (take 1)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

2 The Pan Piper (master (take 2))
12" LP: Columbia CL 1480 (= CS 8271), Sony 88765 40765-1, Music on Vinyl MOV LP029, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-375, Nippon Columbia YS-153, CBS/Sony SONP 50162, CBS/Sony SOPL 156, CBS/Sony 18AP 2057, CBS/Sony 23AP 2557, CBS/Sony 25AP 756, CBS/Sony 28AP 2834, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 08271, Columbia CK 40578, Columbia CK 65142, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia CK 61405, Columbia C2K 85475, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 35DP 63, CBS/Sony 32DP 524, CBS/Sony CSCS 5142, Sony SRCS 9108, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9705, Sony SRCS 2493/4, Sony SRGS 4502, Sony SICP 817, Sony SICP 1207, Sony SICP 20054

8 Song of Our Country (take 5 (with intro))
12" LP: Columbia KC2 36474, CBS/Sony 38AP 2017/8, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, CBS/Sony CSCS 5340/1, Sony SRCS 9308/9, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9759/60

11 Song of Our Country (take 9 (without intro))
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 65142, 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

14 Song of Our Country (take 14 (without intro))
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

15 Solea (master (take 2))
45 rpm: Columbia 4-33037
12" LP: Columbia CL 1480 (= CS 8271), Sony 88765 40765-1, Music on Vinyl MOV LP029, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-375, Nippon Columbia YS-153, CBS/Sony SONP 50162, CBS/Sony SOPL 156, CBS/Sony 18AP 2057, CBS/Sony 23AP 2557, CBS/Sony 25AP 756, CBS/Sony 28AP 2834, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 08271, Columbia CK 40578, Columbia CK 65142, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 35DP 63, CBS/Sony 32DP 524, CBS/Sony CSCS 5142, Sony SRCS 9108, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9705, Sony SRGS 4502, Sony SICP 817, Sony SICP 1207, Sony SICP 20054, Jazz Roots CD 56045

16 Will o' the Wisp (master (take 2))
12" LP: Columbia CL 1480 (= CS 8271), Sony 88765 40765-1, Music on Vinyl MOV LP029, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-375, Nippon Columbia YS-153, CBS/Sony SONP 50162, CBS/Sony SOPL 156, CBS/Sony 18AP 2057, CBS/Sony 23AP 2557, CBS/Sony 25AP 756, CBS/Sony 28AP 2834, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 08271, Columbia CK 40578, Columbia CK 65142, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 35DP 63, CBS/Sony 32DP 524, CBS/Sony CSCS 5142, Sony SRCS 9108, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9705, Sony SRGS 4502, Sony SICP 817, Sony SICP 1207, Sony SICP 20054

18 Saeta (master (take 2, inc))
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

19 Saeta (take 2)
12" LP: Columbia CL 1480 (= CS 8271), Sony 88765 40765-1, Music on Vinyl MOV LP029, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-375, Columbia C5X 45000, Nippon Columbia YS-153, CBS/Sony SONP 50162, CBS/Sony SOPL 156, CBS/Sony 18AP 2057, CBS/Sony 23AP 2557, CBS/Sony 25AP 756, CBS/Sony 28AP 2834, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 08271, Columbia CK 40578, Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia CK 65142, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 35DP 63, CBS/Sony 32DP 524, CBS/Sony CSCS 5142, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Sony SRCS 9108, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9705, Sony SRGS 4502, Sony SICP 817, Sony SICP 1207, Sony SICP 20054


Some discographies put some of this music on March 11. According to the notes to Mosaic MQ11-164, "the engineer's logs list two sessions: March 10, 1960, 2:30 pm-5:30 pm and March 11, 1960, 7 pm-11 pm. The recording sheets offer both days too, but indicate a double session on March 10 running well into the night. The actual tape for March 11 has less than 20 minutes of music, but, incongruously, the session is halted as if it's in overtime... The music on the tape for March 11 has "Saeta" and an attempt at an insert of 8 bars in "Concierto de Aranjuez."

The Davis Quintet remained in the east in January 1960, playing at the Apollo Theatre, New York (January 15-21) and the Showboat, Philadelphia (January 25-30). Later, however, on a short trip west, they were augmented by Buddy Montgomery (vb): Sutherland Hotel Lounge, Chicago (February 11-21); Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (Saturday, February 27); Civic Auditorium, San Jose CA (Thursday, March 3); Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (Friday, March 4); Auditorium Arena, Oakland (Saturday, March 5). It was apparently on this tour that Coltrane began playing the soprano saxophone.

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