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October 3, 1964 (6 items; TT = 47:11)
Johanneshov Isstadion, Stockholm (Sweden)
Sveriges Radio broadcast (B+)

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

1 Introduction 1:00
2 Autumn Leaves (J. Prevert-J. Mercer-J. Kosma) 12:10
3 So What (M. Davis) 12:00
4 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 10:27
5 Joshua (V. Feldman) 10:35

Incomplete (3:10 -- missing most of Davis's solo and the opening bars of Shorter's) on MCD 021
6 The Theme (M. Davis) 0:59


5 Joshua
CD: Moon MCD 021


Moon MCD 021 includes a fragment of "Joshua" as "Miles Impro," wrongly identifying it as from Paris, October 1. But it is really a slightly off-speed excerpt of this version. (The fragment on Moon is about 4.5% slow and includes 0:48-3:46 of the tune listed here.) Thanks to Tommaso Urbano for telling me about this error. Thanks also to Eric Jooris for sharing a copy of a recent SR re-broadcast of this concert.

The Davis Quintet embarked on a European tour, the USA Jazz Festival, in late September. In addition to the Davis Quintet, several other groups were involved, though I don't know if they all performed at every stop on the tour. The itinerary (with several gaps) was as follows:

September 25: Berlin Philharmonie
September 26: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
September 29: Le Théâtre Municipal, Lausanne
September 30: Kongresshaus, Zürich
October 1: Salle Pleyel, Paris (two concerts)
October 3: Johanneshov Isstadion, Stockholm
October 4: KB-Hallen, Copenhagen
October 5: Mässhallen, Gothenburg
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. Thanks to Flurin Casura for the advertisement for the Zürich concert, and to Frederik Adlers for providing the festival poster and for telling me about the Gothenburg date. Apparently the drummer for Papa Celestine's Original Tuxedo Jazz Band was sick that day and Tony Williams stepped in to take his place. He brought the house down!

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