Miles Ahead session details

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November 7, 1969 (8 items; TT = 47:36)
Philharmonie, Berlin (Germany)
Sender Freies Berlin TV broadcast (B)
Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss, ts); Chick Corea (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Jack De Johnette (d); John O'Brien-Docker (ann); Unknown (ann)

1 Introduction (radio announcer) 2:15
2 Introduction (John O'Brien-Docker) 2:07
3 Directions (J. Zawinul) 6:42

Theme stated at 0:34
4 Bitches Brew (M. Davis) 13:39
5 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 14:09
6 I Fall in Love Too Easily (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 3:39
7 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 3:40
8 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 1:25


2 Introduction (John O'Brien-Docker)
CD: Super Sonic SS 201058
Video: Columbia 88725 41853, Overload Vision OLV-014, Hot Chocolate HC-020

3 Directions
CD: Super Sonic SS 201058
Video: Columbia 88725 41853, Overload Vision OLV-014, Hot Chocolate HC-020

4 Bitches Brew
CD: Super Sonic SS 201058
Video: Columbia 88725 41853, Overload Vision OLV-014, Hot Chocolate HC-020

5 It's About That Time
CD: Super Sonic SS 201058
Video: Columbia 88725 41853, Overload Vision OLV-014, Hot Chocolate HC-020

6 I Fall in Love Too Easily
CD: Super Sonic SS 201058
Video: Columbia 88725 41853, Overload Vision OLV-014, Hot Chocolate HC-020

7 Sanctuary
CD: Super Sonic SS 201058
Video: Columbia 88725 41853, Overload Vision OLV-014, Hot Chocolate HC-020

8 The Theme (with applause)
CD: Super Sonic SS 201058
Video: Columbia 88725 41853, Overload Vision OLV-014, Hot Chocolate HC-020


This concert was re-broadcast in June 2009 on RBB (Radio Berlin Brandenburg) Kultur Radio. In addition to the opening introduction, that re-broadcast includes a voiceover closing announcement (0:22) after "The Theme," and the applause is faded out. Thanks to Klaus Werner for sharing his recording of this broadcast. John Surman and The Trio also performed at the Berliner Jazztage on this date.

The indexes are all wrong on the Super Sonic CDR: 1. Directions (8:36); 2. Bitches Brew (9:24); 3. It's About That Time (11:20); 4. I Fall in Love Too Easily (5:36); 5. Sanctuary (7:50).

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, Li├Ęge;
November 9: De Doelen, Rotterdam.

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

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