Miles Ahead session details

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July 15, 1964 (8 items; TT = 48:18)
Maruyama Ongaku-do Hall, Kyoto (Japan)
Audience recording (B-)
Miles Davis Quintet

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

1 Introduction 1:13
2 Band warming up 0:47
3 If I Were a Bell (F. Loesser) 11:07
4 Oleo (S. Rollins) 5:55
5 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 9:31
6 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 7:34
7 All of You (incomplete) (C. Porter) 9:45

Gap/splice at 8:36 during Davis' closing chorus: nearly half of the theme and much of the following turnaround section is missing
8 Seven Steps to Heaven (incomplete) (V. Feldman-M. Davis) 2:26


1 Introduction
CD: Heavy Blow HB-002

2 Band warming up
CD: Heavy Blow HB-002, Domino 891212

3 If I Were a Bell
CD: Heavy Blow HB-002, Domino 891212

4 Oleo
CD: Heavy Blow HB-002, Domino 891212

5 Stella by Starlight
CD: Heavy Blow HB-002, Domino 891212

6 Walkin'
CD: Heavy Blow HB-002, Domino 891212

7 All of You (incomplete)
CD: Heavy Blow HB-002, Domino 891212

8 Seven Steps to Heaven (incomplete)
CD: Heavy Blow HB-002, Domino 891212


George Coleman left the Davis Quintet in March or April 1964, leaving Davis once again without a saxophone player. Tony Williams recommended Rivers, a fellow Bostonian, to Davis, and Rivers joined the Quintet in April. There were some American dates before the Quintet left for a short Japanese tour, e.g. Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (April 3); Village Vanguard, New York (May 7-12). Although several Japanese concerts were booked, the Quintet apparently performed only three, possibly four: there are recordings from Hibaya Yagai Ongaku-do Hall, Tokyo (July 12), Shinjuku Kohseinenkin Hall, Tokyo (July 14), and Maruyama Ongaku-do Hall, Kyoto (July 15). There may have been a performance at Osaka Festival Hall on July 13 -- Davis mentions one in his autobiography -- but in the notes to Domino 891212, Japanese critic Tosiyuki Nomoto is quoted as saying that "the tape on the 13th has still slept in the warehouse of a broadcasting station. There is not a person who heard it." In any case, Rivers left the Quintet as soon as the group returned to the United States. Wayne Shorter was hired as his replacement, and joined the Quintet at the Hollywood Bowl on September 4.

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