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Miles Ahead session details

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May 9, 1967 (1 item; TT = 5:24)
Columbia Studio, Hollywood CA
Commercial for Columbia

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

1 Limbo (take 7) (W. Shorter) 5:24

1 Limbo (take 7)
12" LP: Columbia KC2 36474, CBS/Sony 38AP 2017/8, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, CBS/Sony CSCS 5135/6, Sony SRCS 9310/1, Sony SRCS 9759/60, Sony SICJ 30111/2, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9761/62, Sony SICJ 30113/4, Sony SRCS 9735, SIGP 27, Sony SICP 828, Sony SICP 30264, Sony SICJ 30070, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

Despite working on the tune for nearly an hour, Davis was unhappy with this version of "Limbo" (also called "Melody" on the track sheet), and it was remade in Columbia's New York Studio B on May 16.

This session was scheduled at the end of another tour of the western U.S., during which Ron Carter was replaced by Albert Stinson or Buster Williams. The inaugural Berkeley Jazz Festival occurred on April 7-8 at Berkeley's Greek Theatre, and Davis was on the bill with Bill Evans, Horace Silver, John Handy, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Gerald Wilson's Big Band, and Big Mama Thornton. Afterward the Davis Quintet was booked for two weeks at the Both/And Club in San Francisco (April 11-23); they then moved to the Penthouse Club in Seattle (April 24-29), and ended their tour with three nights at the Sands Hotel in Hollywood (May 5-7), this studio date, and a one-night engagement at UCLA (May 12). They returned to New York and played the Village Vanguard again (June 2-4), then went to the Village Gate (July 4-16 opposite Dizzy Gillespie, and August 15-27 opposite Ornette Coleman). During a break in the latter engagement they played at the Watts Summer Festival, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles (August 21-22).

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