Miles Ahead session details

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October 1, 1964 (11 items; TT = 99:59)
Salle Pleyel, Paris (France)
ORTF radio broadcast (B)
Miles Davis Quintet

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

First concert
1 Autumn Leaves (J. Prevert-J. Mercer-J. Kosma) 13:16
2 So What (incomplete) (M. Davis) 9:20

Faded at the end of Hancock solo on Heart Note and Moon
3 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 11:20
4 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 9:24
5 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 0:38

Second concert
6 All of You (C. Porter) 16:04
7 Joshua (V. Feldman) 13:01
8 My Funny Valentine (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 12:32
9 No Blues (M. Davis) 13:17
10 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 1:00
11 Closing announcement (incomplete) 0:07


1 Autumn Leaves
12" LP: Heart Note HN 004
CD: Moon MCD 021

2 So What (incomplete)
12" LP: Heart Note HN 004
CD: Moon MCD 021

3 Stella by Starlight
12" LP: Heart Note HN 004
CD: Moon MCD 021

4 Walkin'
12" LP: Heart Note HN 004
CD: Moon MCD 021

5 The Theme (with applause)
12" LP: Heart Note HN 004
CD: Moon MCD 021


"So What" was apparently only broadcast in this incomplete form. Tapes in general circulation include incomplete versions of "All of You" and "Joshua" from the second concert (10:52 and 9:18, respectively). The "Miles Impro" included on Moon MCD 021 is an excerpt of "Joshua" from Stockholm, October 3 -- not from this concert.

Some versions of this material in circulation include a version of "All of You" in the first concert, but this performance is from the Sindelfingen concert on October 8.

The Davis Quintet embarked on a European tour in late September. The itinerary (with several gaps) was as follows:

September 25: Berlin Philharmonie
September 26: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
October 1: Salle Pleyel, Paris (two concerts)
October 3: Konserthuset, Stockholm
October 4: KB-Hallen, Copenhagen
October 6: Messuhalli, Helsinki
October 8: Stadthalle, Sindelfingen (two concerts)
October 11: Teatro dell' Arte, Milan

The Quintet was booked in other cities as well -- e.g. Barcelona and Frankfurt -- but I have been unable to find dates or confirm that these concerts occurred.

I'm grateful to Tommaso Urbano for his help with this session.

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