Miles Ahead session details

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April 9-10, 1960 (6 items; TT = 44:36)
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Unknown radio broadcast (B+)
Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); John Coltrane (ts); Wynton Kelly (p); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Norman Granz (ann)

1 Introduction (Norman Granz) 0:51

"On the second half of our jazz concert tonight, as Mr. Van Rees told you, we feature the Miles Davis Quintet with Jimmy Cobbs on drums... The bassist is Paul Chambers... And the pianist is Wynton Kelly... Tenor saxophone, John Coltrane... And Miles Davis on trumpet..."
2 If I Were a Bell (F. Loesser) 12:05
3 Fran Dance (M. Davis) 7:24
4 So What (M. Davis) 10:23
5 All Blues (M. Davis) 12:56
6 The Theme (M. Davis) 0:57

1 Introduction (Norman Granz)
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

2 If I Were a Bell
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

3 Fran Dance
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

4 So What
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

5 All Blues
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

6 The Theme
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

This recording was made during a midnight performance at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, after the Quintet had performed an early evening concert at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen, near The Hague. It was made for promoter Louis Van Rees' private archive and is now owned by the Dutch Jazz Archive. I'm grateful to Arne Wolfswinkel for help with this session.

From March 21 through April 10, the Davis Quintet toured Europe, along with Oscar Peterson and the Stan Getz and their groups, under the auspices of Norman Granz's "Jazz at the Philharmonic." Davis had hired vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery for the tour but at the last minute Montgomery bowed out. Surprisingly few recordings from this tour have surfaced. The itinerary was as follows:

March 21 (Monday, 7:30 and 10:30 pm), Olympia Theatre, Paris
March 22 (Tuesday, 7:00 and 9:15 pm), Konserthuset, Stockholm
March 23 (Wednesday), Njardhallen, Oslo (or Goteburg, Sweden)
March 24 (Thursday, 7:00 and 9:30 pm), Tivolis Konsertsal, Copenhagen
March 25 (Friday, 8:00 pm), Niedersachsenhalle, Hannover
March 26 (Saturday, 8:00 pm), Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg
March 27 (Sunday, 8:00 pm), Sportspalast, Berlin
March 28 (Monday), WDR Studio, Düsseldorf (Davis out)
March 29 (Tuesday, 6:00 and 9:00 pm), Musikhalle, Hamburg
March 30 (Wednesday), Kongresshalle, Frankfurt am Main
March 31 (Thursday, 9:15 pm), Teatro Lirico, Milan
April 1 (Friday, 8:00 pm), Fruchthalle, Kaiserslautern
April 2 (Saturday, 6:15 and 9:45 pm), Messehalle, Köln
April 3 (Sunday, 6:00 and 9:00 pm), Deutsches Museum, Kongress-Saal, Munich
April 4 (Monday, 8:00 pm), Stadthalle, Karlsruhe
April 6 (Wednesday), Stadthalle, Vienna
April 7 (Thursday, two shows), Messehaus, Nürnberg
April 8 (Friday, 8:30 pm), Kongresshaus, Zürich
April 9 (Saturday, 8:15 pm), Kurhaus, Scheveningen
April 9 (Saturday, midnight), Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
April 10 (Sunday, 8:00 pm), Liederhalle, Beethoven-Saal, Stuttgart

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