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November 13, 1971 (7 items; TT = 84:24)
Royal Festival Hall, London (United Kingdom)
Audience recording (C+)

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

1 Directions (J. Zawinul) 10:36

Theme stated at 2:06, 3:40
2 What I Say (M. Davis) 16:36
3 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 3:17
4 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 17:48
5 Honky Tonk (M. Davis) 14:10
6 Funky Tonk (M. Davis) 20:30
7 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 1:27


The Davis group played two shows at the Royal Festival Hall on this date. I'm not sure which one this is. Jarrett plays only electric piano on the tunes listed above.

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. And thanks to Martin Booth, Griff Davies, and Jan Lohmann for help with this date.

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