What's New at Miles Ahead?

Charlie Parker at Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium (September 15, 2018)
Once in a while a recording from a bygone era surfaces. New to me, and recorded sixty years ago, is a three-tune set from a Jazz at the Philharmonic performance at Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. Bird is accompanied by Al Haig, Tommy Potter, and J.C. Heard. The source is undoubtedly one of the many recordings made by Norman Granz while on tour with JATP. Here's hoping for more like this... [details]

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud 60th Anniversary (August 2018)
A new two-CD (and three 10" LP) release of the music recorded as the soundtrack for Louis Malle's film. This version includes a five-minute tune previously unavailable and a 60 pp. booklet with discography, essays, and contemporary photos. [CD details] [10" LP details]

Rubberband EP for Record Store Day (April 22, 2018)
Available in your local record store on Record Store Day 2018: 12" 45 rpm EP with four versions of "Rubberband" from October 1985. [details]

The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series Vol. 6 (January 6, 2018)
The next installment in the Miles Davis Bootleg Series will be released on March 23, 2018. The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series Vol. 6 (4 CDs) will include the first three extant recordings from the Quintet's spring 1960 European tour with Norman Granz' Jazz at the Philharmonic: Paris, March 21 (two shows), Stockholm, March 22 (two shows), and Copenhagen, March 24. The Paris shows will be released on two LPs, and the Copenhagen show on one LP. (The Copehagen show will also be available on red vinyl exclusively at Barnes and Noble.) [CD details] [Paris LPs] [Copenhagen LP]

Session design changes (September 2, 2017)
Some Miles Ahead sessions include substantial non-musical extras like studio chatter, stage announcements, disk jockey patter, and the like. To make it easier to see the music, I have modified the session viewer so that such non-musical material is now hidden by default. If you want to see the chatter, a link will display it for you. [studio example] [live example]

Royal Roost Club updates (January 28, 2017)
I have revised the details for many of the 1948-1949 Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and other artists sessions from the Royal Roost restaurant. These are wonderful recordings documenting a remarkable period in jazz history. Those were the days.

New design, more mobile-friendly (January 15, 2017)
A new user interface should make Miles Ahead easier to use on phones and tablets. If you run into weird display issues or if things do not function properly, please let me know. For optimal viewing, use Google's Roboto family of true-type fonts, which you can download from Google, or here.

Bootleg Series #5: Freedom Jazz Dance (August 12, 2016)
To commemmorate the 50th anniversary of Miles Smiles, the next installment on Sony's Bootleg Series is Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5. It includes the session reels from the October 24, 1966 and October 25, 1966 sessions, plus some excerpts from Columbia Studio sessions from June 7, 1967 ("Nefertiti" and "Water Babies"), July 19, 1967 (alternate take of "Masqualero"), and May 15, 1968 (rehearsal of "Country Son"), plus a few other odds and ends. Three CDs, to be released on October 21, 2016. A three-LP set, which will include all the previously-unissued material, is scheduled for release on April 15, 2017 (Record Store Day). [details]

Bootleg Series #4: Miles Davis at Newport (April 30, 2015)
The next installment in Sony's Bootleg Series will collect all of Miles Davis' performances at the Newport Jazz Festival -- 1955, 1958, 1966, 1967, and 1969 -- and add some material from "Newport Jazz Festival in Europe" tours in 1971 (Dietikon) and 1973 (Berlin), and one track from 1975 (New York). The set will be released on July 17, 2015 during the Newport Jazz Festival to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Davis' first appearance at the festival. [details]

Miles Davis reissues on Mobile Fidelity (March 5, 2015)
I usually don't editorialize about recordings, but I've been listening to a few of the recent Mobile Fidelity "GAIN 2 Ultra Analog" vinyl reissues, and they are terrific. I've heard Milestones (MFSL 1-374), In a Silent Way (MFSL 1-377), and Bitches Brew (MFSL 2-439). They are much more revealing than previous versions from Analogue Productions, Classic Records, Music on Vinyl, and other producers of high-end vinyl. Highly recommended. Several other titles are in the queue, including four two-LP 45 rpm versions of the 1960s quintet recordings. All titles are also available as hybrid SACDs. [List of MFSL vinyl reissues]

Miles Davis @ Record Store Day (November 28, 2014)
Three Miles Davis items were released for Record Store Day (aka Black Friday): The Prestige 10" LP Collection, Vol. 1 (Davis' first five Prestige records); Enigma (four alternate takes from Davis' first two Blue Note sessions); and Blue Xmas (two tunes recorded in 1962 with Bob Dorough).

Miles Davis Way in Manhattan (May 26, 2014)
This has nothing to do with Miles Ahead, but the street sign on West 77th Street between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue in New York City has recently been renamed Miles Davis Way. Check out these official words and photos, or this piece from CBS News.

Bootleg Series #3: Miles at Fillmore (March 25, 2014)
Sony will release a four-CD set comprising the complete sets performed at New York's Fillmore Auditorium on Wednesday, June 17, Thursday, June 18, Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20. Edited versions of these sets were issued by Columbia in October 1970. Bonus material will include three tracks from a Fillmore West performance on April 11, 1970. [details]

Miles Davis Mono Recordings (November 11, 2013)
Sony has released a nine-CD set of Miles Davis' early Columbia LPs: The Original Mono Recordings. Included are monaural versions of 'Round About Midnight, Miles Ahead, Milestones, Jazz Track, Porgy and Bess, Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, Someday My Prince Will Come, and Miles and Monk at Newport. In some cases the mono masters had to be re-created from early stereo tapes, but in others the mono master tapes were used. [details]

Two new Miles Davis Concertgebouw sets (11/23/2012)
Muziek Centrum Nederland is releasing a two-CD set, So What: The Complete 1960 Amsterdam Concerts (MCN 303 2393), making available for the first time two Davis shows: one, with John Coltrane, from midnight on April 9, 1960 (after the group had returned to Amsterdam from Scheveningen); and the other, with Sonny Stitt, from midnight on October 15, 1960. The set will be released on December 13. [details]

Three mono LPs released for Record Store Day (11/23/2012)
Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain: monaural masters pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Available first from independent record stores. [details]

Second bootleg box postponed (8/16/2012)
Sony has postposed until January 29, 2013 the release date of the second installment in the Miles Davis Bootleg Series, and the reissue of the first eight Miles Davis Columbia LPs in mono will be postponed as well. In addition, the mono LP project may be licensed to the Music on Vinyl label, which has released several of Miles Davis's Columbia recordings on high-quality 180-gram vinyl.

Code and design changes (5/20/2012)
A bunch of changes to the code and design of the Miles Ahead pages, to simplify layout and make the site easier to use on iPads and mobile devices. More code changes are in the works.

New Miles Davis sets in preparation (5/20/2012)
Sony is preparing two new sets for release in the fall. The first is another installment in the Miles Davis Bootleg Series, to appear in September 2012 -- this will be a three-CD, one-DVD set of live 1969 sets, including two concerts from Antibes on July 25 and July 26, plus pieces of two sets from Stockholm on November 5. The DVD will contain the November 7 performance at the Berlin Philharmonie [details]. The second set is a reissue of the first eight Miles Davis Columbia LPs in mono -- 'Round About Midnight, Miles Ahead, Milestones, Jazz Track, Porgy and Bess, Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, and Someday My Prince Will Come. The LPs will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and will come in heavy facsimilies of the original covers. If this sounds vaguely familiar, you might be recalling Sony's 2010 box, Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings (Columbia 88697 76105-1), which did for Dylan what the planned set will do for Davis.

The Great Prestige Recordings (4/14/2012)
Some reflections on the two versions of Analogue Productions' acclaimed boxed set of Prestige Quintet recordings.

Mosaic boxed sets (2/5/2012)
A list of all of the sets issued by Mosaic Records over the years. Be sure to check out their website for news, updates, and upcoming releases.

Miles Davis LPs making a comeback? (1/1/2012)
A surprising number of Miles Davis recordings are now available on vinyl, and some of these are very nicely produced. A German label called Speakers Corner has released Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud, 'Round About Midnight, and Miles Smiles, all on beautiful 180-gram pressings. A Dutch label called Music on Vinyl, with the cooperation of Sony Music, has released nine Miles Davis records to date, including a five-LP version of the acclaimed Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1. The venerable Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory is launching a "Miles Davis catalog restoration series" and will soon release six titles, including Milestones, Kind of Blue, and Sketches of Spain. And of course Analogue Productions continues to produce terrific reissues of Miles' Prestige and Blue Note recordings, including a magnificent reissue of The Great Prestige Recordings on ten 180-gram 45-rpm LPs and wonderful 200-gram monaural pressings of Cookin', Relaxin', Workin', and Steamin', along with two-LP, 45-rpm versions of Columbia records like Someday My Prince Will Come and Seven Steps to Heaven. Who says vinyl is dead?

Miles Ahead v4.1 (9/30/2011)
Miles Ahead has been migrated from an old Windows 2003 server to a new Windows 2008 server, which allows me to use some new features and should make the site quicker and more stable. A few cosmetic changes have been introduced, but most of the changes are, as they say, "under the hood."

Sony USA Inaugurates the Miles Davis Bootleg Series (8/27/2011)
September 20 is the release date for the first volume of the Miles Davis Bootleg Series. The first set in this projected series is Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1 (Columbia Legacy 88697 94053), which comprises three complete shows from the fall 1967 "Newport Jazz Festival in Europe" tour: Antwerp (October 28), Copenhagen (November 2), and Paris (November 6). The set also includes a DVD containing short sets from Stockholm (October 31) and Karlsruhe (November 7). (details)

Recent additions and updates (3/19/2011)
Miles Ahead has always had a "last updated" date on the main page. Over the years people have asked for a feature that would indicate not only when the last update happened, but what was updated. I've finally added that feature. Sorry it took so long.

Bitches Brew Live released (2/8/2011)
Sony Music has released Bitches Brew Live (Sony 81485), a single CD including the abbreviated performance at the 1969 Newport Jazz Festival (July 5) and the short set performed at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. The Newport titles are previously unissued (details).

Miles-L listserv shuts down
The Miles-L listserv no longer exists. It has been superseded by a Google group. For information about membership in this group, consult the FAQ

Release dates for Columbia recordings (8/27/2010)
The list of Columbia equivalents now includes release dates, something that many people have requested over the years. This information is surprisingly hard to come by, and there are still many Columbia records for which I don't have a release date. So if you know any that are missing, please let me know.

Miles Ahead v4.0 (7/4/2010)
Miles Ahead has been "upsized" -- I've moved from a decrepit Microsoft Access database to SQL Server 2008. The benefits should be much better performance and reliability. Most of the rest of the site remains as it was. If anyone would like to make a donation to help pay for the recurring costs of the new software, I've set up a PayPal donation form.

Dogfish Head Bitches Brew (6/28/2010)
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the original release of Bitches Brew, the Dogfish Head craft brewery unveils "a bold, dark beer that's a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root, a gustatory analog to Miles' masterpiece." Look for it in late August 2010.

New boxed sets (6/28/2010)
In August Sony will release two sets of Bitches Brew-related recordings: the three CD + DVD + double-LP Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition (Columbia 88697 70274 2) (details), and the two CD + DVD Bitches Brew Legacy Edition (Columbia 88697 54519 2) (details).

Teo Macero, 82, Record Producer, Dies (2/21/2008)
Teo Macero, producer at Columbia for much of Miles Davis's career, died on February 19 after a long illness. What a wonderful biography could be written about this guy, whose fingerprints are all over many of the most important jazz records ever recorded. (Anyone interested in the biography should be sure to consult the Teo Macero Collection housed at the New York Public Library.) You can listen to Teo Macero expounding on a variety of subjects at http://www.artistshousemusic.org. And a documentary entitled Play That, Teo (http://playthatteo.com/) is forthcoming.

The Complete On the Corner Sessions 1972-1975
Another boxed set in the works (this one six CDs), comprising some of the issued and unissued studio material from the mid-1970s. To be released sometime in fall 2007. [details]

Miles Davis at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival
The release date for the Japanese CD (Victor UCCO-1008) is August 8; the U.S. version (Concord/Monterey Jazz Festival Records MJFR-30310) is scheduled for release August 21. Previously available on several bootlegs.

New options on live recordings Query Form (7/21/2006)
You can query the live recordings database by year or by category. Use the latter to find e.g. all items from the Total Music Meeting, or all NDR Jazzworkshops.

New option on live recordings trade list (7/14/2006)
You can now also see only those items added to the live recordings database in the last three months.

Cellar Door release date announced (11/18/2005)
The release date for the long-awaited six-CD set, The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 (C6K 96314) has been re-set to December 27, 2005. [details]

New option on query forms (10/10/2005)
You can now search the Miles Davis and Charlie Parker sessions database by year, as well as by tune, musician, venue, etc.

Columbia Legacy postpones release of Cellar Door set (9/27/2005)
The release date for the long-awaited six-CD set, The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 (C6K 96314) has been postponed indefinitely.

Query form for live recordings/CDRs (8/9/2005)
I've added a form that allows you to search my collection of (non-Miles Davis and non-Charlie Parker) unissued live music for tunes, musicians, groups, and locations.

Joined Creative Commons (6/10/2005)
I've added this website to the Creative Commons -- allowing certain uses of the data gathered here but disallowing other uses. If you want to know why, look at the Frequently Asked Questions elsewhere on this site. If you want to know more about the Creative Commons, visit creativecommons.org.

New Columbia Legacy releases (6/7/2005)
On June 14 Sony USA released the Legacy Edition of 'Round About Midnight (C2K 94750). Also, a September 20 release date has been announced for the long-awaited six-CD set, The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 (C6K 96314).

Discography re-done (3/26/2005)
I've re-done the discography to group the records for which there are multiple entries -- so all of the versions of Kind of Blue that are in the database appear together. There are still separate entries to account for differences among these issued versions.

New query category (12/26/2004)
It's now possible to query the Miles Ahead sessions database for composer, e.g. if you're looking for all those sessions in New York where the Miles Davis Quintet performed tunes composed by John Lewis. I've also fixed a lot of erroneous data.

Seven Steps released (9/28/2004)
Columbia Legacy issues Seven Steps: Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964 on seven CDs. [CD details] [LP details]

Miles Ahead v3.0 (9/1/2004)
I've re-written Miles Ahead in ASP.NET, Microsoft's improved platform for dynamic websites. In the process I have added some new features and fixed several errors in the data. As always, let me know if you spot mistakes.

New Columbia Legacy set coming this fall (6/20/2004)
Columbia will release Seven Steps: Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964 on seven CDs in fall 2004.

New Columbia Legacy reissue (9/30/2003)
Columbia released The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions on five CDs. This is a CD-only set; no Mosaic Records LPs will be produced. [details]

New Columbia Legacy reissue (6/3/2003)
Columbia released Miles Davis at the Blackhawk on four CDs. A six-LP set is also available from Mosaic Records. [CD details] [LP details]

Facelift (1/1/2003)
Putting some time off to "good use," I have made some changes to the discography and sessionography, and added a Frequently Asked Questions page.

Miles Ahead moved (7/3/2002)
Some of the files in Miles Ahead have new URLs. The main page remains where it has been. Links throughout have been updated. Also the query form has a new free-text search feature so you can look for words in the session notes.

Classic Records reissues (1/17/2002)
Classic Records will kick off their Blue Note reissue series with two 10" LPs from the early 1950s: Young Man with a Horn (BLP 5013) and Miles Davis, Volume 3 (BLP 5040).

Corrections, etc. (1/10/2002)
I've made a bunch of corrections to the data in Miles Ahead and changed a few of the filenames. If you have links to subpages within Miles Ahead, please check them. (Thanks to everyone who spotted errors!)

New Columbia Legacy reissues (6/1/2001)
Columbia has postponed until at least August 21 the release of Miles Davis Live at the Fillmore East (C2K 85191), a two-CD set from March 7, 1970. They're now saying October 18 for the release of The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions (C3K 65362), comprising sessions from late 1968 through early 1969.

Charlie Parker discography (4/1/2001)
I've added a modest Charlie Parker discography to Miles Ahead (CDs only).

Old versions removed (1/1/2001)
In a fit of new-millennium organizing, I've finally removed the links to old versions of the Miles Ahead site. If you see outdated links on the internet, please let me (and those responsible) know.

New Columbia Legacy reissues (12/10/00)
According to Columbia, five single-CD reissues will be released in April 2001: 'Round About Midnight (1955-56); Milestones (1958); Miles Davis at Newport 1958; Jazz at the Plaza (1958); and a "best-of" disc taken from the Davis/Coltrane boxed set.

Columbia to issue 1970s recordings (4/17/00)
Columbia is preparing three Davis records from the 1970s for summer release: Get Up With It (2 CDs, 1970-74); Big Fun (2 CDs, 1969-72); and On The Corner (1972).

Miles Ahead v2.0 (10/18/99)
I've redone Miles Ahead, and it's now driven by a couple Access databases. Help (and a brief description of features) is available here.

Columbia postpones Davis/Coltrane box (8/15/99)
News from Sony/Columbia and Mosaic Records on their plans to reissue "definitive" boxed sets of Davis's Columbia recordings.

Charlie Parker discography updated (6/20/98)
I've done some tidying up and correcting in the Parker discography, incorporating suggestions from several sources. (Now superseded by Miles Ahead v2.0)

Discography reorganized (4/10/98)
I've split the discography into separate files to lessen download time for those with slow connections. (Now superseded by Miles Ahead v2.0.)

The Prestige Labels (9/17/97)
A close-to-complete listing of all jazz records on the Prestige labels (Prestige, New Jazz, Moodsville, Swingville) -- including 78rpm singles, 7" EPs, 10" and 12" LPs. Also check out the Blue Note list.

Discography facelift (8/22/97)
Check out the redesigned discography, optimized for 800 x 600 display. This is the one that will be up-to-date from now on. (Now superseded by Miles Ahead v2.0)

The Beat Begins: American Culture in the 1950s (1/1/97)
A new course I'm teaching this spring at the University of Maryland; jazz (including Miles) figures prominently. (This course has been dropped by the University, but most of the course materials are available via the link above.)

Miles Davis bibliography now available (12/12/96)
If you want to find out more about Davis and his music, here's a selected list of books and articles.

List of live dates now available (12/7/96)
If you trade live tapes of Miles Davis, look at my list of live recordings. (NB: I have very few tapes from the 1980s and 1990s.)

Columbia/CBS reissues updated (11/3/96)
The Columbia equivalents/reissues page now lists the most recent Japanese 20-bit reissues and other new items.

Miles Davis/Gil Evans Recordings (Mosaic MQ11-164 or Sony CXK 67397) (9/5/96)
Sony Music has put up an extensive website dedicated to this project/.

This site and Larry Tomczyk's Milestones named "Hot Site of the Week" by One Stop Jazz on the Web. (8/18/96)
(One Stop Jazz is now defunct, gone the way of many websites.)

Code MD: Coded Phrases in the First "Electric Period" (5/19/96)
A paper by Enrico Merlin, presented at the recent "Miles Davis and American Culture" Conference at Washington University. With several sound clips.

Other Miles Davis sites on the Web (3/10/96)
There are a lot of Davis sites on the web, and I'll try to keep a list of the ones I find. If you find others that aren't listed, let me know.

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