Miles Ahead session details

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November 5, 1969 (15 items; TT = 103:45)
Folkets Hus, Stockholm (Sweden)
Sveriges Radio broadcast (B+)
Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss, ts); Chick Corea (p, el-p); Dave Holland (b); Jack De Johnette (d); George Wein (ann)

First concert
1 Introduction (Lars-Göran Ulander, Lars Westin) 7:00
2 Introduction (George Wein from stage) 0:30
3 Bitches Brew (M. Davis) 14:39
4 Paraphernalia (W. Shorter) 9:20
5 Nefertiti (W. Shorter) 10:03
6 Masqualero (incomplete) (W. Shorter) 7:58
7 Announcement (Lars-Göran Ulander) 0:57

Second concert
8 Introduction (Lars-Göran Ulander, Lars Westin) 3:58
9 Directions (J. Zawinul) 8:43

Theme stated at 0:41
10 Bitches Brew (M. Davis) 15:51
11 This (C. Corea) 6:33
12 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 12:29
13 No Blues (M. Davis) 4:47

Incomplete (3:38) on Stardust CDR
14 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 0:32
15 Announcement (Lars-Göran Ulander) 0:25


2 Introduction (George Wein from stage)
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP699
CD: Columbia 88725 41853

3 Bitches Brew
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP699
CD: Columbia 88725 41853

4 Paraphernalia
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP699
CD: Columbia 88725 41853

5 Nefertiti
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP699
CD: Columbia 88725 41853

6 Masqualero (incomplete)
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP699
CD: Columbia 88725 41853

11 This
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP699
CD: Columbia 88725 41853


The titles are listed in the Sveriges Radio files as "Listen to This," "Nefertiti," "About That Time," "'Round Midnight," and "Directions." Some recent re-broadcasts of these concerts include introductions and announcements by Lars-Göran Ulander and Lars Westin -- the version issued on Mega Disc has introductions (5:03, 4:09) and closing announcements (0:57, 1:07) with Davis's "Milestones" and "All Blues" in the background. There is no background music on the version listed here.

Corea begins the first concert on a malfunctioning electric piano, but he gives up on it -- after a short interval, he plays acoustic piano for the remainder of the concert. Davis's choice of tunes ("Paraphernalia," "Nefertiti," and "Masqualero") was probably influenced by the lack of an electric piano.

The Davis Quintet toured Europe in October-November 1969 as part of the Newport Jazz Festival in Europe produced by George Wein. The itinerary was as follows:

October 26: Teatro Lirico, Milan (two concerts);
October 27: Teatro Sistina, Rome;
October 31: Stadthalle, Vienna;
November 1: Hammersmith Odeon, London (two concerts);
November 2: Ronnie Scott's Club, London;
November 3: Salle Pleyel, Paris (two concerts);
November 4: Tivoli Konsertsal, Copenhagen;
November 5: Folkets Hus, Stockholm (two concerts);
November 7: Philharmonie, Berlin;
November 8: Sart Tilman, Liège;
November 9: De Doelen, Rotterdam.

Most of the performances from this tour were recorded, though some are not complete.

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