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July 26, 1963 (8 items; TT = 80:22)
La Pinède, Juan-les-Pins (France)
ORTF radio broadcast (C+)
Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); George Coleman (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d)

1 So What (M. Davis) 9:47
2 All Blues (incomplete) (M. Davis) 11:54

Splice at 0:04; two bars missing
3 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 14:10
4 Seven Steps to Heaven (V. Feldman-M. Davis) 10:48
5 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 10:32

Not listed on JMY 1010
6 My Funny Valentine (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 9:31
7 Joshua (incomplete) (V. Feldman) 10:42

Opening measures missing
8 The Theme (M. Davis) 2:58


1 So What
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010

3 Stella by Starlight
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010

4 Seven Steps to Heaven
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010

5 Walkin'
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010


This is the first of three recordings made at the Juan-les-Pins Festival. Aside from the gaps indicated above, I think this is the complete concert, though there are some splices during the applause. The rhythm section, after playing together for only two months, is amazingly fluid and cohesive. And Davis's playing is very spirited on all three of the Antibes recordings.

It has been rumored that Columbia recorded all three of the Davis Quintet's performances at the Antibes festival, but I have never heard anything substantial to confirm these rumors.

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