Miles Ahead session details

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November 12, 1971 (8 items; TT = 55:34)
Sartory Festsaal, Cologne (Germany)
Westdeutscher Radio (WDR) radio broadcast (B)
Miles Davis Septet

Miles Davis (tpt); Gary Bartz (ss, as); Keith Jarrett (el-p, org); Michael Henderson (el-b); Ndugu Leon Chancler (d); Charles Don Alias (cga, perc); James Mtume Forman (cga, perc)

1 Introduction (from stage) 0:21
2 Directions (J. Zawinul) 10:24

Intro continues until 0:13. Theme stated at 1:53, 2:54
3 Honky Tonk (M. Davis) 8:51
4 What I Say (incomplete) (M. Davis) 5:31
5 It's About That Time (incomplete) (M. Davis) 3:10

Voiceover 0:01-1:45
6 Yesternow (M. Davis) 10:47
7 Funky Tonk (M. Davis) 15:52
8 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 0:38


Jack De Johnette left the Davis Sextet late in the summer, and Davis hired Leon Chancler as his replacement. The Sextet made an extensive European tour in October-November with George Wein's "Newport Jazz Festival in Europe." The itinerary was as follows:

October 17: Kongress-Saal, Deutsches Museum, Munich (two concerts)
October 18: Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst, Frankfurt (two concerts)
October 19 (?) Stuttgart: Beethoven-Saal (two concerts)
October 21: Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Milan
October 22: Neue Stadthalle, Dietikon (two concerts)
October 23: Théâtre Nationale Populaire, Paris
October 26: Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
October 27: Théâtre Nationale Populaire, Paris (two concerts)
October 29: De Doelen, Rotterdam
November 3: Dom Sindikata, Belgrade
November 5: Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna
November 6: Philharmonie, Berlin
November 7: Universitets Aula, Uppsala
November 8: Tivoli Konsertsal, Copenhagen
November 9: Chateau Neuf, Oslo
November 12: Sartory Festsaal, Cologne
November 13: Royal Festival Hall, London (two concerts)
November 14: Teatro della Fenice, Venice
November 15: Palazzo dello Sport, Bologna
November 16: Palazzo dello Sport, Turin
November 20: Sports Pavilion, Cascais

Many of these concerts were recorded, though some are not complete. Thanks to Hans-Dieter Klinger for information about the concerts in Germany at the beginning of the tour.

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