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April 21, 1961 (14 items; TT = 117:20)
Blackhawk Supper Club, San Francisco CA
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); Hank Mobley (ts); Wynton Kelly (p); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d)

First set
1 Oleo (S. Rollins) 6:56

Edited (5:19) prior to Sony SRCS 9317
2 No Blues (M. Davis) 17:13

Edited (8:56) prior to Sony SRCS 9316
3 The Theme [Bye Bye] (M. Davis) 2:49

Second set
4 All of You (C. Porter) 15:47

Edited (10:30) on CL 1669/CS 8469
5 Neo [Teo] (M. Davis) 10:18
6 I Thought About You (J. Mercer-J. Van Heusen) 5:04
7 Bye Bye Blackbird (R. Henderson-M. Dixon) 9:46
8 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 14:08

Edited (13:09) on Columbia CK 65418
9 The Theme (M. Davis) 0:11

Not listed on CBS issues
10 Love, I've Found You (Kelly p solo) (C. Moore-D. Small) 1:52

Third set
11 If I Were a Bell (F. Loesser) 12:43
12 Fran Dance (M. Davis) 7:38

Edited (6:11) on CL 1670/CS 8470
13 On Green Dolphin Street (N. Washington-B. Kaper) 12:12

Excerpt (2:39) on Columbia 33059 and CBS (F) 63417; edited (7:52) on CL 1765/CS 8565, CBS/Sony 32DP 526, etc.
14 The Theme (M. Davis) 0:43


1 Oleo
12" LP: Columbia CL 1670 (= CS 8470), Columbia C2L 20 (= C2S 820), Columbia CJ 44425, Nippon Columbia YS-152, Nippon Columbia SL-1090, Nippon Columbia PSS-90, CBS/Sony SONP 50071, CBS/Sony SONP 50070/1, CBS/Sony SOPJ 18, CBS/Sony SOPW 73/4, CBS/Sony 20AP 1403, Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia CK 44425, Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106, CBS/Sony 32DP 526, CBS/Sony CSCS 5345, Sony SRCS 9317, Sony SRCS 9730, Sony SRGS 4582; Sony SICP 381/4

2 No Blues
12" LP: Columbia CL 1669 (= CS 8469), Columbia C2L 20 (= C2S 820), Columbia CJ 44257, Nippon Columbia YS-151, Nippon Columbia SL-1089, Nippon Columbia PSS-89, CBS/Sony SONP 50070, CBS/Sony SONP 50070/1, CBS/Sony SOPJ 17, CBS/Sony SOPW 73/4, CBS/Sony 20AP 1402, CBS/Sony 25AP 757, Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia CK 44257, Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106, CBS/Sony 32DP 514, CBS/Sony CSCS 5344, Sony SRCS 9316, Sony SRCS 9729, Sony SRGS 4581; Sony SICP 381/4

3 The Theme
12" LP: Columbia CL 1669 (= CS 8469), Columbia C2L 20 (= C2S 820), Columbia CJ 44257, Nippon Columbia YS-151, Nippon Columbia SL-1089, Nippon Columbia PSS-89, CBS/Sony SONP 50070, CBS/Sony SONP 50070/1, CBS/Sony SOPJ 17, CBS/Sony SOPW 73/4, CBS/Sony 20AP 1402, CBS/Sony 25AP 757, Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia CK 44257, Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106, CBS/Sony 32DP 514, CBS/Sony CSCS 5344, Sony SRCS 9316, Sony SRCS 9729, Sony SRGS 4581; Sony SICP 381/4

4 All of You
12" LP: Columbia CL 1669 (= CS 8469), Columbia C2L 20 (= C2S 820), Columbia CJ 44257, Nippon Columbia YS-151, Nippon Columbia SL-1089, Nippon Columbia PSS-89, CBS/Sony SONP 50070, CBS/Sony SONP 50070/1, CBS/Sony SOPJ 17, CBS/Sony SOPW 73/4, CBS/Sony 20AP 1402, CBS/Sony 25AP 757, Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia CK 44257, Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106, CBS/Sony 32DP 514, CBS/Sony CSCS 5344, Sony SRCS 9316, Sony SRCS 9729, Sony SRGS 4581; Sony SICP 381/4

5 Neo
12" LP: Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106; Sony SICP 381/4

6 I Thought About You
12" LP: Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106; Sony SICP 381/4

7 Bye Bye Blackbird
12" LP: Columbia CL 1669 (= CS 8469), Columbia C2L 20 (= C2S 820), Columbia CJ 44257, Nippon Columbia YS-151, Nippon Columbia SL-1089, Nippon Columbia PSS-89, CBS/Sony SONP 50070, CBS/Sony SONP 50070/1, CBS/Sony SOPJ 17, CBS/Sony SOPW 73/4, CBS/Sony 20AP 1402, CBS/Sony 25AP 757, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia CK 44257, Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106, CBS/Sony 32DP 514, CBS/Sony CSCS 5344, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 5729, Sony SRCS 9316, Sony SRCS 9729, Sony SRGS 4581; Sony SICP 381/4

8 Walkin'
12" LP: Columbia CL 1669 (= CS 8469), Columbia C2L 20 (= C2S 820), Columbia CJ 44257, Nippon Columbia YS-151, Nippon Columbia SL-1089, Nippon Columbia PSS-89, CBS/Sony SONP 50070, CBS/Sony SONP 50070/1, CBS/Sony SOPJ 17, CBS/Sony SOPW 73/4, CBS/Sony 20AP 1402, CBS/Sony 25AP 757, Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia CK 44257, Columbia CK 47932, Columbia CK 65418, Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106, CBS/Sony 32DP 514, CBS/Sony CSCS 5344, Sony SRCS 5709, Sony SRCS 9316, Sony SRCS 9729, Sony SRGS 4581; Sony SICP 381/4

9 The Theme
12" LP: Columbia CL 1669 (= CS 8469), Columbia C2L 20 (= C2S 820), Columbia CJ 44257, Nippon Columbia YS-151, Nippon Columbia SL-1089, Nippon Columbia PSS-89, CBS/Sony SONP 50070, CBS/Sony SONP 50070/1, CBS/Sony SOPJ 17, CBS/Sony SOPW 73/4, CBS/Sony 20AP 1402, CBS/Sony 25AP 757, Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia CK 44257, Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106, CBS/Sony 32DP 514, CBS/Sony CSCS 5344, Sony SRCS 9316, Sony SRCS 9729, Sony SRGS 4581; Sony SICP 381/4

10 Love, I've Found You (Kelly p solo)
12" LP: Columbia CL 1669 (= CS 8469), Columbia C2L 20 (= C2S 820), Columbia CJ 44257, Nippon Columbia YS-151, Nippon Columbia SL-1089, Nippon Columbia PSS-89, CBS/Sony SONP 50070, CBS/Sony SONP 50070/1, CBS/Sony SOPJ 17, CBS/Sony SOPW 73/4, CBS/Sony 20AP 1402, CBS/Sony 25AP 757, Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia CK 44257, Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106, CBS/Sony 32DP 514, CBS/Sony CSCS 5344, Sony SRCS 9316, Sony SRCS 9729, Sony SRGS 4581; Sony SICP 381/4

11 If I Were a Bell
12" LP: Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106; Sony SICP 381/4

12 Fran Dance
12" LP: Columbia CL 1670 (= CS 8470), Columbia C2L 20 (= C2S 820), Columbia CJ 44425, Nippon Columbia YS-152, Nippon Columbia SL-1090, Nippon Columbia PSS-90, CBS/Sony SONP 50071, CBS/Sony SONP 50070/1, CBS/Sony SOPJ 18, CBS/Sony SOPW 73/4, CBS/Sony 20AP 1403, Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia CK 44425, Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106, CBS/Sony 32DP 526, CBS/Sony CSCS 5345, Sony SRCS 9317, Sony SRCS 9730, Sony SRGS 4582; Sony SICP 381/4

13 On Green Dolphin Street
45 rpm: Columbia 4-33059
12" LP: Columbia CL 1765 (= CS 8565), CBS/Sony SOPN 50199, CBS/Sony SOPM 140, CBS (F) 20170, CBS (F) 63417, Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia CK 44425, Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106, CBS/Sony 32DP 526, CBS/Sony CSCS 5345, Sony SRCS 9317, CBS (F) 20170; Sony SICP 381/4

14 The Theme
12" LP: Mosaic MQ6-220
CD: Columbia C2K 87097, Columbia C4K 87106; Sony SICP 381/4


Hank Mobley joined the Davis Quintet in late 1960 and immediately hit the road: Cloister Club, Chicago (December 26-January 8); Bradford Hotel Storyville Room, Boston (January 23-28); a live jazz program for Chicago's WMBI-FM (February 6); Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo (February 25); Village Vanguard, New York (February 28-March 12); Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (March 31); Blackhawk Supper Club, San Francisco (April 4-30); Foster's House of Jazz, Detroit (May 25–28).

Although Columbia recorded the Quintet on only two nights, the dates are sometimes listed as April 14-15 and 21-22 (see Ken Vail, Miles' Diary and Jack Chambers, Milestones). Neither Vail nor Chambers mentions the tunes originally issued on Magnetic 125.

The original Columbia LPs (CL 1669 and 1670) and their early equivalents (CBS/Sony SONP 50070 and 50071, etc.) were titled In Person Friday Nights at the Blackhawk and In Person Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk. The first Columbia and CBS/Sony CD releases bore these titles as well. Beginning with the Sony Master Sound CDs (SRCS 9316 and 9317), titles have been altered to In Person Friday Night... and In Person Saturday Night....

Several tunes are edited on issues prior to Sony SRCS 9316 and 9317. The following tunes were restored to their full length:

  • "Oleo" (first set) - add 1:48 to ts solo (clean edit at 2:14 of abridged version removed 2:14-4:02 of master). Unedited: Davis solo (0:25-2:14); Mobley solo (2:15-5:40); Kelly solo (5:42-6:26); closing theme. Edited: Davis (0:25-2:14); Mobley (2:15-3:53); Kelly (3:54-4:39); closing theme.
  • "No Blues" (first set) - add ts solo and beginning of p solo (audible splice at 4:52 of abridged version removed 4:52-11:29 of master); add end of p solo into b solo (audible splice at 6:53 of abridged version removed 13:31-15:17 of master). Unedited: Davis solo (0:16-4:56); Mobley solo (4:57-10:16); Kelly solo (10:17-13:32); Chambers solo (13:38-15:17); Davis/Cobb exchanges (15:17-16:32); closing theme. Edited: Davis (0:16-4:52); Kelly (4:52-6:53); Davis/Cobb (6:53-8:07); closing theme.
  • "Fran Dance" (third set) - add b solo (clean edit at 4:28 of abridged version removed 4:28-5:57 of master). Unedited: Davis muted opening chorus (0:00-1:33); Mobley solo (1:33-2:57); Kelly solo (2:57-4:28); Chambers solo (4:30-5:56); closing theme. Edited: Davis (0:00-1:33); Mobley (1:33-2:57); Kelly (2:57-4:28); closing theme.
  • "On Green Dolphin Street" (third set) - add piano intro at 0:00-0:51; add 2:05 to ts solo (clean edit at 2:21 of abridged version removed 3:12-5:17 of master); add b solo (clean edit at 6:47 of abridged version removed 9:41-11:09 of master). Unedited: Davis muted opening chorus + solo (0:00-3:12); Mobley solo (3:12-6:47); Kelly solo (6:47-9:41); Chambers solo (9:41-11:09); closing theme. Edited: Davis (0:00-2:21); Mobley (2:21-3:50); Kelly (3:50-6:45); closing theme.

The first set began with "Autumn Leaves," recorded but rejected by Columbia; and the third set concluded with Wynton Kelly's solo "Love, I've Found You," also rejected.

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