Miles Ahead session details

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October 22, 1971 (16 items; TT = 176:36)
Neue Stadthalle, Dietikon (Switzerland)
Deutsche und Rätoromanische Schweiz 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)

First concert
1 Directions (J. Zawinul) 13:04

Theme stated at 3:12, 4:45
2 What I Say (M. Davis) 10:43
3 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 3:43
4 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 13:22
5 Bitches Brew (M. Davis) 11:55
6 Funky Tonk (M. Davis) 25:45
7 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 1:13

Second concert
8 Introduction 1:18
9 Directions (J. Zawinul) 12:45

Theme stated at 2:39, 4:00. Incomplete (12:12) on Jazz Masters, Minotauro, and Zipperman
10 Honky Tonk (M. Davis) 11:18
11 What I Say (M. Davis) 13:52
12 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 3:09

Incomplete (2:49) on Zipperman
13 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 14:03

Incomplete on Jazz Masters and Minotauro (11:12) and Zipperman (10:52)
14 Yesternow (M. Davis) 19:31

Davis plays the "Directions" theme from 16:36-17:00
15 Funky Tonk (M. Davis) 20:12

Incomplete (12:07) on Jazz Masters
16 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 0:43


1 Directions
CD: Columbia 88875 08195

2 What I Say
CD: Columbia 88875 08195

3 Sanctuary
CD: Columbia 88875 08195

4 It's About That Time
CD: Columbia 88875 08195

5 Bitches Brew
CD: Columbia 88875 08195

6 Funky Tonk
CD: Columbia 88875 08195

7 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause)
CD: Columbia 88875 08195

9 Directions
CD: Jazz Masters JM 008/9, Minotauro MD 3, Zipperman ZME 001

10 Honky Tonk
CD: Jazz Masters JM 008/9, Minotauro MD 3, Zipperman ZME 001

11 What I Say
CD: Jazz Masters JM 008/9, Minotauro MD 3, Zipperman ZME 001

12 Sanctuary
CD: Jazz Masters JM 008/9, Minotauro MD 3, Zipperman ZME 001

13 It's About That Time
CD: Jazz Masters JM 008/9, Minotauro MD 3, Zipperman ZME 001

14 Yesternow
CD: Jazz Masters JM 008/9, Minotauro MD 3, Zipperman ZME 001

15 Funky Tonk
CD: Jazz Masters JM 008/9, Minotauro MD 3, Zipperman ZME 001


All of the material on Jazz Masters and Zipperman is from the second concert listed here. The Zipperman CD-R is a mess:

  1. Directions (12:00) + Honky Tonk (0:31)
  2. Honky Tonk (10:34) + What I Say (13:41) + Sanctuary (0:28)
  3. Sanctuary (inc, 2:21) crossfade to It's About That Time (inc, 10:52) + Yesternow (fragment, 0:37)
  4. It's About That Time (same excerpt as above, 10:52) + Yesternow (0:16)
  5. Yesternow (inc, 15:16)

A sixth track ("Yes or No") is listed, but the disc only contains five tracks. Those Zipperfolks are really something.

According to Jan Lohmann, the first concert should be 108 minutes long, but there are no obvious cuts in the 80 minutes listed above. The version listed here was re-broadcast by DRS3 in 2004, and most of the second concert was re-broadcast by DRS3 in November 2001 ("Funky Tonk" is faded out at 18:28.)

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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