Miles Ahead session details

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October 27, 1969 (11 items; TT = 88:38)
Teatro Sistina, Rome (Italy)
Radio Televisione Italian (RAI) radio broadcast (B+)
Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss, ts); Chick Corea (el-p, wood fl); Dave Holland (b); Jack De Johnette (d)

First fragment
1 Directions (incomplete) (J. Zawinul) 6:45

Theme stated at 0:34. Fragment (4:24) on Moon 063

Second fragment
2 This (incomplete) (C. Corea) 9:15

Theme stated at 9:08
3 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 11:02
4 I Fall in Love Too Easily (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 1:30

Davis plays the first three notes of "Masqualero" at 1:17, but then continues
5 Masqualero (with applause) (W. Shorter) 14:29

Fragment (1:22) on Moon 063; incomplete (12:33) on Moon 010/11

Third fragment
6 Bitches Brew (M. Davis) 14:41

Incomplete (3:44) on Moon 063
7 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (M. Davis) 15:02

Incomplete (7:40) on RAI TV broadcast; incomplete (11:06) on Moon 063
8 Agitation (M. Davis) 8:20
9 I Fall in Love Too Easily (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 2:59
10 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 4:02

Incomplete (3:10) on Moon 010/11 and Jazz Door
11 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 0:33


1 Directions (incomplete)
CD: Moon MCD 063, Mega Disc Legendary Collection no number
Video: RAI-TV, Footstomp FSVD-016

2 This (incomplete)
12" LP: Moon LP 101/11
CD: Moon MCD 010/11, Nippon Crown CRCJ-10017, Jazz Door 1201, Mega Disc Legendary Collection no number

3 'Round Midnight
12" LP: Moon LP 101/11
CD: Moon MCD 010/11, Nippon Crown CRCJ-10017, Jazz Door 1201, Mega Disc Legendary Collection no number

4 I Fall in Love Too Easily
12" LP: Moon LP 101/11
CD: Moon MCD 010/11, Nippon Crown CRCJ-10017, Jazz Door 1201, Mega Disc Legendary Collection no number

5 Masqualero (with applause)
12" LP: Moon LP 101/11
CD: Moon MCD 010/11, Nippon Crown CRCJ-10017, Jazz Door 1201, Moon MCD 063, Mega Disc Legendary Collection no number

6 Bitches Brew
12" LP: Moon LP 101/11
CD: Moon MCD 010/11, Nippon Crown CRCJ-10001, Jazz Door 1201, Moon MCD 063, Mega Disc Legendary Collection no number

7 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
12" LP: Moon LP 101/11
CD: Moon MCD 010/11, Nippon Crown CRCJ-10001, Jazz Door 1201, Moon MCD 063, Mega Disc Legendary Collection no number
Video: RAI-TV, Footstomp FSVD-016

8 Agitation
12" LP: Moon LP 101/11
CD: Moon MCD 010/11, Nippon Crown CRCJ-10001, Jazz Door 1201, Mega Disc Legendary Collection no number

9 I Fall in Love Too Easily
12" LP: Moon LP 101/11
CD: Moon MCD 010/11, Nippon Crown CRCJ-10001, Jazz Door 1201, Moon MCD 063, Mega Disc Legendary Collection no number
Video: RAI-TV, Footstomp FSVD-016

10 Sanctuary
12" LP: Moon LP 101/11
CD: Moon MCD 010/11, Nippon Crown CRCJ-10001, Jazz Door 1201, Moon MCD 063, Mega Disc Legendary Collection no number
Video: RAI-TV, Footstomp FSVD-016

11 The Theme (with applause)
CD: Nippon Crown CRCJ-10001, Moon MCD 063, Mega Disc Legendary Collection no number
Video: RAI-TV, Footstomp FSVD-016


Both fragments wrongly identified on Jazz Door 1201 as from Paris 1969.

An RAI-TV video recording (total ca. 28 minutes) includes the following: "Bitches Brew" (two fragments, 4:00 + 3:12); "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" (7:53); "I Fall in Love Too Easily" (2:57) + "Sanctuary" (4:00) + "The Theme" (0:11); "Directions" (4:23) + "Masqualero" (1:21). Moon 063 includes the music from this RAI-TV recording.

Although this music sounds like it comes from different concerts, there seems to have been only an evening concert at Teatro Sistina on this date.

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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