Miles Ahead session details

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October 15-16, 1960 (12 items; TT = 96:09)
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Unknown radio broadcast (B+)
Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); Sonny Stitt (as); Wynton Kelly (p); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Norman Granz (ann)

First set
1 Introduction (Norman Granz) 1:28

"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Last time that we had Jazz at the Philharmonic with Stan Getz, the Oscar Peterson Trio, and the orchestra of Miles Davis, we had a lot of requests from the jazz fans in Europe to bring back Miles -- so that you could hear further exploration in the kind of jazz that Miles is famous for. So tonight you have the concert consisting of his Quintet alone. The group is virtually the same as it was last time, except for one important change, and that's in one of the horns. So I'd like to introduce the members now individually, beginning first with the bassist, Paul Chambers... On the percussion is Jimmy Cobbs... And completing the rhythm section, on piano, Wynton Kelly... Two years ago I was happy to introduce for his first European tour with Jazz at the Philharmonic the great altoist and tenor saxophonist Sonny Stitt... Miles Davis..."
2 But Not for Me (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 11:13
3 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 15:21
4 All of You (C. Porter) 15:20
5 So What (M. Davis) 9:01
6 The Theme (M. Davis) 0:51

Second set
7 Whisper Not (B. Golson) 8:32

Rhythm section only
8 Ease It (P. Chambers) 12:27

Rhythm section only
9 Stardust (H. Carmichael-M. Parish) 4:09

Davis out
10 Old Folks (D.L. Hill-W. Robison) 3:47

Davis out
11 All Blues (M. Davis) 12:37
12 The Theme (M. Davis) 1:23


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

2 But Not for Me
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

3 Walkin'
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

4 All of You
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

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

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

7 Whisper Not
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

8 Ease It
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

9 Stardust
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

10 Old Folks
CD: Dutch Jazz Archive NJA 1301, Green Corner 100890

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

12 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.

Stitt joined the Davis Quintet in June 1960 in time for a swing through the western U.S.: Los Angeles Jazz Festival (June 17); Blackhawk Supper Club (June 21-27); Sutherland Hotel Lounge, Chicago (July 9-17); Apollo Theatre, New York (July 22-31); Village Vanguard, New York (August 2-20); Randall's Island Jazz Festival (August 21); Minor Key, Detroit (September 6-11).

Norman Granz arranged for the Davis Quintet to tour Great Britain and a few continental venues in the fall of 1960. Surprisingly few recordings from this tour have surfaced. The itinerary was as follows:

September 24: Hammersmith Gaumont Theatre, London (two concerts)
September 25: Guildhall, Portsmouth
September 26: DeMontfort Hall, Leicester
September 27: Free Trade Hall, Manchester (two concerts)
September 28: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
September 30: Colston Hall, Bristol
October 1: Finsbury Park Astoria Theatre, London
October 2: Lewisham Gaumont Theatre, London
October 5: Town Hall, Birmingham
October 7: City Hall, Newcastle
October 8: Hammersmith Gaumont Theatre, London
October 9: Kilburn Gaumont Theatre, London
October 11: Olympia Theatre, Paris (two concerts)
October 13: Konserthuset, Stockholm (two concerts)
October 15: Kurhaus, Scheveningen
October 16: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

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