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February 12, 1964 (16 items; TT = 131:21)
Lincoln Center, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); George Coleman (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d); Mort Fega (ann); Billy Taylor (ann)

First set
1 Introduction (Mort Fega) 2:48

"Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like on behalf of our sponsors for this evening's program to welcome you to Philharmonic Hall and assure you that you're in for a wonderful evening of entertainment. My name is Mort Fega, and if after you enjoy Miles... Thank you, thank you very much. I should tell you that I'm very nervous. I've never been up here before. I've been out there... My God, this is a big place. But you're going to hear a lot of wonderful music this evening, uh, a lot of new music, and I can only assure you that if on your way home tonight, either en route in your automobile or when you get there, if you wanna crank in on what I do, you'll hear some more of the good music of Miles Davis. Now I'm not one for long-windedness, 'cause I know that you're as anxious to hear the groups as I, so I think I should like to introduce you to the gentlemen one at a time, and tell you that this night the proceedings here on stage are gonna be recorded, so that having enjoyed them out there this evening, you'll be able to enjoy them over and over again on the Columbia album that Miles is about to do. I'd like you to know a young man who has created quite a stir in the music world, his name is Tony Williams. Tony Williams... When you see this young man you know that there's a lot of good music yet to be made, I think Tony's about nineteen years old -- it's kinda scary that a young man should have so much talent. On bass, a gentleman whom I'm sure you all know, Mr. Ron Carter. Ron Carter... And I think we'll finish the rhythm section. Playing piano tonight, Herbie Hancock... And playing tenor saxophone -- and this fella's gonna scare you tonight if he hasn't already, I'm sure -- Mr. George Coleman. George Coleman... And I know you have a big ovation for the gentleman who fronts this group, Miles Davis..."
2 Autumn Leaves (J. Prevert-J. Mercer-J. Kosma) 10:39
3 So What (M. Davis) 9:11
4 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 12:53
5 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 8:07
6 All of You (C. Porter) 14:40
7 The Theme (with applause, announcement) (M. Davis) 1:41

Closing announcement (0:26-1:08): "I know you agree, it's been wonderful, huh? How 'bout we hear it for Miles Davis and the gentlemen? Once again, for Herbie Hancock on piano... George Coleman on tenor saxophone... Ron Carter on bass... And how 'bout the young Tony Williams? And for Miles, Miles Davis... We're gonna break for about fifteen, so you can kinda get up and stretch, wet your whistle in the lounge, and we'll come back for the second half of this evening's show. Thank you."

Second set
8 Introduction (Billy Taylor) 0:44

"Thank you very much. You know, it's a wonderful feeling to see so many people interested not only in the remarkable talents displayed, but people who are also interested in human rights. And what could be better, on Lincoln's birthday, than the very sensitive music, the beautiful sound, of the Miles Davis Quintet?"
9 All Blues (M. Davis) 8:52
10 My Funny Valentine (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 14:54
11 Joshua (V. Feldman) 9:32
12 I Thought About You (J. Mercer-J. Van Heusen) 11:14
13 Four (M. Davis) 6:16
14 Seven Steps to Heaven (V. Feldman-M. Davis) 7:44
15 There is No Greater Love (M. Symes-I. Jones) 10:22
16 The Theme (with applause, announcement) (M. Davis) 1:44

Closing announcement (0:23-1:42): "Miles Davis... Tony Williams... Ron Carter... Herbie Hancock... And George Coleman... On behalf of Miles Davis, on behalf of CORE, thank you very much, and good night... Thank you very much. The encores, as you may have noticed, were included in the program." Incomplete (1:21) on Columbia issues prior to C7K-90840


1 Introduction (Mort Fega)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C7K 90840, Sony SICP 620/5

2 Autumn Leaves
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C7K 90840, Sony SICP 620/5

3 So What
12" LP: Columbia CL 2453 (= CS 9253), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-376, Nippon Columbia YS-612, CBS/Sony SONP 50097, CBS/Sony SOPL 161, CBS/Sony 18AP 2063, CBS/Sony 23AP 2563, CBS/Sony 25AP 761, CBS/Sony 28AP 2837, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93593, Columbia CK 93585, Giants of Jazz CD 53047, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, Sony SRCS 9110, Sony SRCS 9706, Sony SRGS 4503, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 822, Sony SICP 1211, Sony SICP 853

4 Stella by Starlight
12" LP: Columbia CL 2306 (= CS 9106), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-431, Nippon Columbia YS-471, CBS/Sony SONP 50098, CBS/Sony SOPL 160, CBS/Sony 18AP 2062, CBS/Sony 23AP 2562, CBS/Sony 25AP 760, CBS/Sony 28AP 2836, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93593, Columbia CK 93585, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 9110, Sony SRCS 9706, Sony SRGS 4503, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 822, Sony SICP 1211, Sony SICP 853

5 Walkin'
12" LP: Columbia CL 2453 (= CS 9253), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-376, Nippon Columbia YS-612, CBS/Sony SONP 50097, CBS/Sony SOPL 161, CBS/Sony 18AP 2063, CBS/Sony 23AP 2563, CBS/Sony 25AP 761, CBS/Sony 28AP 2837, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93593, Columbia C2K 85475, Giants of Jazz CD 53047, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Sony SRCS 9110, Sony SRCS 9706, Sony SRCS 2493/4, Sony SRGS 4503, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 822, Sony SICP 1211

6 All of You
12" LP: Columbia CL 2306 (= CS 9106), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-431, Nippon Columbia YS-471, CBS/Sony SONP 50098, CBS/Sony SOPL 160, CBS/Sony 18AP 2062, CBS/Sony 23AP 2562, CBS/Sony 25AP 760, CBS/Sony 28AP 2836, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93593, Giants of Jazz CD 53047, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, Sony SRCS 9110, Sony SRCS 9706, Sony SRGS 4503, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 822, Sony SICP 1211

7 The Theme (with applause, announcement)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2306 (= CS 9106), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-431, Nippon Columbia YS-471, CBS/Sony SONP 50098, CBS/Sony SOPL 160, CBS/Sony 18AP 2062, CBS/Sony 23AP 2562, CBS/Sony 25AP 760, CBS/Sony 28AP 2836, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93595, Giants of Jazz CD 53047, CBS/Sony 35DP 66, CBS/Sony 32DP 528, CBS/Sony CSCS 5145, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 9111, Sony SRCS 9707, Sony SRGS 4529, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 823, Sony SICP 1212, Sony SICP 20055

8 Introduction (Billy Taylor)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C7K 90840, Sony SICP 620/5

9 All Blues
12" LP: Columbia CL 2306 (= CS 9106), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-431, Nippon Columbia YS-471, CBS/Sony SONP 50098, CBS/Sony SOPL 160, CBS/Sony 18AP 2062, CBS/Sony 23AP 2562, CBS/Sony 25AP 760, CBS/Sony 28AP 2836, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Giants of Jazz CD 53047, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, Sony SRCS 9110, Sony SRCS 9706, Sony SRGS 4503, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 822, Sony SICP 1211

10 My Funny Valentine
12" LP: Columbia CL 2306 (= CS 9106), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-431, Columbia C5X 45000, Nippon Columbia YS-471, CBS/Sony SONP 50098, CBS/Sony SOPL 160, CBS/Sony 18AP 2062, CBS/Sony 23AP 2562, CBS/Sony 25AP 760, CBS/Sony 28AP 2836, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93595, Giants of Jazz CD 53047, CBS/Sony 35DP 66, CBS/Sony 32DP 528, CBS/Sony CSCS 5145, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 9111, Sony SRCS 9707, Sony SRGS 4529, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 823, Sony SICP 1212, Sony SICP 20055

11 Joshua
12" LP: Columbia CL 2453 (= CS 9253), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-376, Nippon Columbia YS-612, CBS/Sony SONP 50097, CBS/Sony SOPL 161, CBS/Sony 18AP 2063, CBS/Sony 23AP 2563, CBS/Sony 25AP 761, CBS/Sony 28AP 2837, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93595, Giants of Jazz CD 53047, CBS/Sony 35DP 66, CBS/Sony 32DP 528, CBS/Sony CSCS 5145, Sony SRCS 9111, Sony SRCS 9707, Sony SRGS 4529, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 823, Sony SICP 1212, Sony SICP 20055

12 I Thought About You
12" LP: Columbia CL 2306 (= CS 9106), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-431, Nippon Columbia YS-471, CBS/Sony SONP 50098, CBS/Sony SOPL 160, CBS/Sony 18AP 2062, CBS/Sony 23AP 2562, CBS/Sony 25AP 760, CBS/Sony 28AP 2836, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93593, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, CBS/Sony 35DP 65, CBS/Sony 32DP 518, CBS/Sony CSCS 5144, Sony SRCS 9110, Sony SRCS 9706, Sony SRGS 4503, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 822, Sony SICP 1211

13 Four
12" LP: Columbia CL 2453 (= CS 9253), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-376, Nippon Columbia YS-612, CBS/Sony SONP 50097, CBS/Sony SOPL 161, CBS/Sony 18AP 2063, CBS/Sony 23AP 2563, CBS/Sony 25AP 761, CBS/Sony 28AP 2837, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93595, Giants of Jazz CD 53047, CBS/Sony 35DP 66, CBS/Sony 32DP 528, CBS/Sony CSCS 5145, Sony SRCS 9111, Sony SRCS 9707, Sony SRGS 4529, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 823, Sony SICP 1212, Sony SICP 20055

14 Seven Steps to Heaven
12" LP: Columbia CL 2453 (= CS 9253), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-376, Nippon Columbia YS-612, CBS/Sony SONP 50097, CBS/Sony SOPL 161, CBS/Sony 18AP 2063, CBS/Sony 23AP 2563, CBS/Sony 25AP 761, CBS/Sony 28AP 2837, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93595, CBS/Sony 35DP 66, CBS/Sony 32DP 528, CBS/Sony CSCS 5145, Sony SRCS 9111, Sony SRCS 9707, Sony SRGS 4529, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 823, Sony SICP 1212, Sony SICP 20055

15 There is No Greater Love
12" LP: Columbia CL 2453 (= CS 9253), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-376, Nippon Columbia YS-612, CBS/Sony SONP 50097, CBS/Sony SOPL 161, CBS/Sony 18AP 2063, CBS/Sony 23AP 2563, CBS/Sony 25AP 761, CBS/Sony 28AP 2837, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93595, CBS/Sony 35DP 66, CBS/Sony 32DP 528, CBS/Sony CSCS 5145, Sony SRCS 9111, Sony SRCS 9707, Sony SRGS 4529, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 823, Sony SICP 1212, Sony SICP 20055

16 The Theme (with applause, announcement)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2453 (= CS 9253), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-376, Nippon Columbia YS-612, CBS/Sony SONP 50097, CBS/Sony SOPL 161, CBS/Sony 18AP 2063, CBS/Sony 23AP 2563, CBS/Sony 25AP 761, CBS/Sony 28AP 2837, Mosaic MQ10-226
CD: Columbia C2K 48821, Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93595, CBS/Sony 35DP 66, CBS/Sony 32DP 528, CBS/Sony CSCS 5145, Sony SRCS 9111, Sony SRCS 9707, Sony SRGS 4529, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 823, Sony SICP 1212, Sony SICP 20055


This concert was a fundraiser for voter registration sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Committe on Racial Equality (CORE), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Apparently Davis did not tell the other members of the group beforehand that they would not be paid their usual wages for this performance.

Columbia C7K-90840 includes both concerts in their entirety and in performance order. Columbia's two-CD Complete Concert (C2K 48821) simply reproduces the two original LPs/CDs with the titles in their original order, which is quite different than the order in which they were performed.

The Quintet began the year with a one-week engagement at the Jazz City Lounge in Buffalo's Town Casino (December 31-January 6), where the opening night was canceled because of snow. They were booked for four nights (January 16-19) at the Casa Loma Club in Montreal. Soon after this Lincoln Center engagement the Quintet headed west, where they played at the It Club, Los Angeles (March 27-April 5). On Friday and Saturday March 27-28 they played after-hours sets (beginning at 1:30) at the Adams-West Theatre, also known as the Kabuki Theatre; and on April 3 they performed at the Shrine Auditorium with Count Basie's band and The Three Sounds. The Quintet was scheduled for a two-week return engagement at the It Club beginning April 29, but the gig may have been canceled. In any case, they went on to the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco (April 7-19) and UCLA's Royce Hall Auditorium (April 24).

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