Miles Ahead session details

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May 24, 1967 (2 items; TT = 11:09)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, 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 Prince of Darkness (take 4) (W. Shorter) 6:24
2 Pee Wee (take 2) (T. Williams) 4:45

Davis out


1 Prince of Darkness (take 4)
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, Columbia CK 65945, CBS/Sony 32DP 725, Sony SRCS 5708, Sony SRCS 9115, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9735, Sony SRCS 2230, Sony SIGP 27, Sony SICP 828, Sony SICP 1217

2 Pee Wee (take 2)
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, Columbia CK 65945, CBS/Sony 32DP 725, Sony SRCS 5708, Sony SRCS 9115, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9735, Sony SRCS 2230, Sony SIGP 27, Sony SICP 828, Sony SICP 1217


This is the third 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 -- "Masqualero," "Nefertiti," and "Riot" -- became staples of the Davis Quintet's live performances, however.

Davis does not play on either take of "Pee Wee," whose original title was "Attitude." This is the first Tony Williams composition to be recorded by the Quintet, though several other remarkable ones (notably "Hand Jive") followed soon afterward.

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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