Miles Ahead session details

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May 16, 1967 (2 items; TT = 12:44)
Columbia Studio B, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis Quintet

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

1 Limbo (take 10) (W. Shorter) 7:12
2 Vonetta (take 12) (W. Shorter) 5:32


1 Limbo (take 10)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2732 (= CS 9532), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-45435, Nippon Columbia YS-952, CBS/Sony SONP 50185, CBS/Sony SOPL 166, CBS/Sony 18AP 2070, CBS/Sony 23AP 2570, CBS/Sony 25AP 766, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 52974, Columbia CK 65680, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, CBS/Sony 32DP 725, Sony SRCS 5708, Sony SRCS 9115, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9735, Sony SIGP 27, Sony SICP 828, Sony SICP 1217

2 Vonetta (take 12)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2732 (= CS 9532), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-45435, Nippon Columbia YS-952, CBS/Sony SONP 50185, CBS/Sony SOPL 166, CBS/Sony 18AP 2070, CBS/Sony 23AP 2570, CBS/Sony 25AP 766, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 52974, Columbia CK 65680, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, CBS/Sony 32DP 725, Sony SRCS 5708, Sony SRCS 9115, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9735, Sony SIGP 27, Sony SICP 828, Sony SICP 1217


This is the first of several New York studio sessions during May-July 1967. These sessions allowed the Quintet to develop new repertoire centered around original compositions. Only a few of these tunes -- e.g. "Masqualero," "Nefertiti," and "Riot" -- became staples of the Quintet's live performances, however.

"Limbo" is a remake of a tune recorded in Hollywood one week earlier. This version -- with Carter replacing Buster Williams -- has a much looser and more relaxed feel to it, but the solos, especially Davis's, are more focused.

After returning from the west coast in mid-May, the Quintet was booked at the Village Vanguard (June 2-4), then went to the Village Gate (July 4-16 opposite Dizzy Gillespie, and August 15-27 opposite Ornette Coleman).

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