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December 19, 1970 (10 items; TT = 110:46)
Cellar Door Club, Washington DC
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis Septet
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Miles Davis (tpt); Gary Bartz (ss, as); Keith Jarrett (el-p, org); John McLaughlin (g); Michael Henderson (el-b); Jack De Johnette (d); Airto Moreira (perc, voc); Conrad Roberts (narr)

Second set
1 Directions (J. Zawinul) 14:44

Theme stated at 2:59. Two fragments (0:01 + 3:14) on G 30954 and equivalents
2 Honky Tonk (M. Davis) 21:14

Three fragments (0:08 + 4:56 + 6:00) on G 30954 and equivalents
3 What I Say (M. Davis) 20:50
4 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 0:39

Incomplete (0:18) on G 30954 and equivalents

Third set
5 Directions (J. Zawinul) 18:40

Theme stated at 3:40, 5:56, 17:39. Four fragments (2:54 + 1:58 + 11:20 + 0:35) on G 30954 and equivalents
6 Funky Tonk (M. Davis) 23:56

Four fragments (3:22 + 0:05 + 2:04 + 16:34) on G 30954 and equivalents
7 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 2:02

Fragment (0:12) on G 30954 and equivalents
8 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 6:41

Incomplete (6:21) on G 30954 and equivalents
9 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 1:17

Overdub
10 Narration by Conrad Roberts (C. Roberts) 0:43


1 Directions
12" LP: Columbia G 30954, Four Men with Beards 4M 809LP, Columbia C5X 45000, CBS/Sony SONP 50452/3, CBS/Sony SOPJ 88/9, CBS/Sony 28AP 2153/4, CBS/Sony 36AP 1773/4
CD: Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia C2K 65135, Columbia C2S 65135, Columbia C6K 93614, CBS/Sony 50DP 707/8, Sony SRCS 5715/6, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Sony SRCS 9123/4, Sony SRCS 9739/40, Sony SIGP 24/5, Sony SICP 839/40, Sony SICP 910/5

2 Honky Tonk
12" LP: Columbia G 30954, Four Men with Beards 4M 809LP, CBS/Sony SONP 50452/3, CBS/Sony SOPJ 88/9, CBS/Sony 28AP 2153/4, CBS/Sony 36AP 1773/4
CD: Columbia C2K 65135, Columbia C2S 65135, Columbia C6K 93614, CBS/Sony 50DP 707/8, Sony SRCS 5715/6, Sony SRCS 9123/4, Sony SRCS 9739/40, Sony SIGP 24/5, Sony SICP 839/40, Sony SICP 910/5

3 What I Say
12" LP: Columbia G 30954, Four Men with Beards 4M 809LP, CBS/Sony SONP 50452/3, CBS/Sony SOPJ 88/9, CBS/Sony 28AP 2153/4, CBS/Sony 36AP 1773/4
CD: Columbia C2K 65135, Columbia C2S 65135, Columbia C6K 93614, CBS/Sony 50DP 707/8, Sony SRCS 5715/6, Sony SRCS 9123/4, Sony SRCS 9739/40, Sony SIGP 24/5, Sony SICP 839/40, Sony SICP 910/5

4 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause)
12" LP: Columbia G 30954, Four Men with Beards 4M 809LP, CBS/Sony SONP 50452/3, CBS/Sony SOPJ 88/9, CBS/Sony 28AP 2153/4, CBS/Sony 36AP 1773/4
CD: Columbia C2K 65135, Columbia C2S 65135, Columbia C6K 93614, CBS/Sony 50DP 707/8, Sony SRCS 5715/6, Sony SRCS 9123/4, Sony SRCS 9739/40, Sony SIGP 24/5, Sony SICP 839/40, SICP 1225/6, SICP 20061/2, Sony SICP 910/5

5 Directions
12" LP: Columbia G 30954, Four Men with Beards 4M 809LP, CBS/Sony SONP 50452/3, CBS/Sony SOPJ 88/9, CBS/Sony 28AP 2153/4, CBS/Sony 36AP 1773/4
CD: Columbia C2K 65135, Columbia C2S 65135, Columbia C6K 93614, CBS/Sony 50DP 707/8, Sony SRCS 5715/6, Sony SRCS 9123/4, Sony SRCS 9739/40, Sony SIGP 24/5, Sony SICP 839/40, SICP 1225/6, SICP 20061/2, Sony SICP 910/5

6 Funky Tonk
12" LP: Columbia G 30954, Four Men with Beards 4M 809LP, CBS/Sony SONP 50452/3, CBS/Sony SOPJ 88/9, CBS/Sony 28AP 2153/4, CBS/Sony 36AP 1773/4
CD: Columbia C2K 65135, Columbia C2S 65135, Columbia C6K 93614, CBS/Sony 50DP 707/8, Sony SRCS 5715/6, Sony SRCS 9123/4, Sony SRCS 9739/40, Sony SIGP 24/5, Sony SICP 839/40, SICP 1225/6, SICP 20061/2, Sony SICP 910/5

7 Sanctuary
12" LP: Columbia G 30954, Four Men with Beards 4M 809LP, CBS/Sony SONP 50452/3, CBS/Sony SOPJ 88/9, CBS/Sony 28AP 2153/4, CBS/Sony 36AP 1773/4
CD: Columbia C2K 65135, Columbia C2S 65135, Columbia C6K 93614, CBS/Sony 50DP 707/8, Sony SRCS 5715/6, Sony SRCS 9123/4, Sony SRCS 9739/40, Sony SIGP 24/5, Sony SICP 839/40, SICP 1225/6, SICP 20061/2, Sony SICP 910/5

8 It's About That Time
12" LP: Columbia G 30954, Four Men with Beards 4M 809LP, CBS/Sony SONP 50452/3, CBS/Sony SOPJ 88/9, CBS/Sony 28AP 2153/4, CBS/Sony 36AP 1773/4
CD: Columbia C2K 65135, Columbia C2S 65135, Columbia C6K 93614, CBS/Sony 50DP 707/8, Sony SRCS 5715/6, Sony SRCS 9123/4, Sony SRCS 9739/40, Sony SIGP 24/5, Sony SICP 839/40, SICP 1225/6, SICP 20061/2, Sony SICP 910/5

9 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause)
CD: Columbia C6K 93614, Sony SICP 910/5

10 Narration by Conrad Roberts
12" LP: Columbia G 30954, Four Men with Beards 4M 809LP, CBS/Sony SONP 50452/3, CBS/Sony SOPJ 88/9, CBS/Sony 28AP 2153/4, CBS/Sony 36AP 1773/4
CD: Columbia C2K 65135, Columbia C2S 65135, Columbia C6K 93614, CBS/Sony 50DP 707/8, Sony SRCS 5715/6, Sony SRCS 9123/4, Sony SRCS 9739/40, Sony SIGP 24/5, Sony SICP 839/40, SICP 1225/6, SICP 20061/2, Sony SICP 910


The Sextet seems to have performed three sets per night during this week-long engagement (December 14-19), so there may be a recording of the first set. These two sets, however, seem to be complete.

In an interview with Teo Macero, Chris Albertson describes the 87 minutes of live material on Live-Evil as a "distillation" of "ten to fifteen" reels of tape recorded during the group's performances at the Cellar Door ("The Unmasking of Miles Davis," Saturday Review, November 27, 1971, p. 87.). Here's a rough comparison of the issued material with the unedited masters:

Sivad Master
0:00-0:01 Directions (2nd set) 0:00-0:01 (drum roll)
0:02-3:24 Directions (2nd set) 11:30-14:44 +
Honky Tonk 0:00-0:08
3:25-4:14 Honky Tonk (studio, 5/19/70)
4:15-9:11 Honky Tonk (2nd set) 5:23-10:20
9:12-15:12 Honky Tonk (2nd set) 15:13-21:14
What I Say Master
0:00-20:50 What I Say (2nd set) 0:00-20:50
20:51-21:09 Sanctuary (2nd set) 0:00-0:18
Funky Tonk Master
0:00-2:54 Directions (3rd set) 0:47-3:41 (theme excised)
2:55-4:53 Directions (3rd set) 3:54-5:51 (theme excised)
4:54-16:14 Directions (3rd set) 6:20-17:39 (theme excised)
16:15-16:50 Directions (3rd set) 18:03-18:39
16:51-20:12 Funky Tonk (3rd set) 0:00-3:21
20:13-20:18 Funky Tonk (3rd set) 3:59-4:04
20:19-23:23 Funky Tonk (3rd set) 4:15-7:20
Inamorata Master
0:00-16:34 Funky Tonk (3rd set) 7:21-23:55
16:35-16:47 Sanctuary (3rd set) 1:50-2:02
16:47-23:08 It's About That Time (3rd set) 0:00-6:21
23:09-26:08 It's About That Time 0:00-2:59*
Narration by Conrad Roberts first 0:43
26:08-26:28 Sanctuary 0:00-0:20*

* As noted, the final two pieces (= 23:09-26:28 of the issued "Inamorata") are not from the Cellar Door. The source has not been identified, but it is an inferior live recording, probably supplied by Teo Macero.

The chart above makes it clear that several of the titles used for this music when it was released in 1971 are just different names for music already known under other titles. This is why I have not followed Columbia in referring to Jarrett's solo at the beginning of "Funky Tonk" as "Improvisation," or in referring to "Funky Tonk" itself as "Inamorata." Jarrett's improvisation is a part of "Funky Tonk," which always begins with a distinctive coded phrase played on the trumpet, after which Jarrett improvises before the group rejoins for the rest of the tune, until the closing "Sanctuary" theme.

Chick Corea and Dave Holland left the Davis Septet to form Circle in late September, after returning from a brief post-Isle of Wight European tour. Davis hired Michael Henderson (then 19 years old) as Holland's replacement. For some reason this newly constituted Sextet was never brought into the studio. I have not been able to find any ads or reviews for live dates prior to this engagement at the Cellar Door, though there are some mystery recordings in circulation that probably date from this period. The Sextet was also booked at the Loyola Fieldhouse, New Orleans (December 20).

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