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September 29, 1972 (9 items; TT = 84:14)
Lincoln Center, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia

Miles Davis (tpt, org); Carlos Garnett (ss); Reggie Lucas (g); Khalil Balakrishna (sitar); Cedric Lawson (keyb); Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d); James Mtume Forman (cga, perc); Badal Roy (tabla)

First set
1 Chieftain (M. Davis) 5:55
2 Rated X (M. Davis) 6:11

Davis plays "Black Satin" theme during last 0:15
3 Honky Tonk (M. Davis) 9:18

Splice at 8:13
4 Right Off (M. Davis) 10:12
5 Black Satin (M. Davis) 13:34
6 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 0:40

Second set
7 Ife (M. Davis) 27:54

Part 1 (14:00) + part 2 (13:54)
8 Right Off (M. Davis) 9:50
9 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 0:40


1 Chieftain
12" LP: Columbia KC 32092, CBS/Sony SOPJ 37/8, CBS/Sony 28AP 2161/2, CBS/Sony 36AP 1781/2
CD: Columbia C2K 65140, CBS/Sony 50DP 717/8, Sony SRCS 5722/3, Sony SRCS 9323/4, Sony SRCS 9750/1, Sony SICP 846/7, Sony SICP 4236/7, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

2 Rated X
12" LP: Columbia KC 32092, CBS/Sony SOPJ 37/8, CBS/Sony 28AP 2161/2, CBS/Sony 36AP 1781/2
CD: Columbia C2K 65140, CBS/Sony 50DP 717/8, Sony SRCS 5722/3, Sony SRCS 9323/4, Sony SRCS 9750/1, Sony SICP 846/7, Sony SICP 4236/7, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

3 Honky Tonk
12" LP: Columbia KC 32092, CBS/Sony SOPJ 37/8, CBS/Sony 28AP 2161/2, CBS/Sony 36AP 1781/2
CD: Columbia C2K 65140, CBS/Sony 50DP 717/8, Sony SRCS 5722/3, Sony SRCS 9323/4, Sony SRCS 9750/1, Sony SICP 846/7, Sony SICP 4236/7, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

4 Right Off
12" LP: Columbia KC 32092, CBS/Sony SOPJ 37/8, CBS/Sony 28AP 2161/2, CBS/Sony 36AP 1781/2
CD: Columbia C2K 65140, CBS/Sony 50DP 717/8, Sony SRCS 5722/3, Sony SRCS 9323/4, Sony SRCS 9750/1, Sony SICP 846/7, Sony SICP 4236/7, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

5 Black Satin
12" LP: Columbia KC 32092, CBS/Sony SOPJ 37/8, CBS/Sony 28AP 2161/2, CBS/Sony 36AP 1781/2
CD: Columbia C2K 65140, CBS/Sony 50DP 717/8, Sony SRCS 5722/3, Sony SRCS 9323/4, Sony SRCS 9750/1, Sony SICP 846/7, Sony SICP 4236/7, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

6 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause)
12" LP: Columbia KC 32092, CBS/Sony SOPJ 37/8, CBS/Sony 28AP 2161/2, CBS/Sony 36AP 1781/2
CD: Columbia C2K 65140, CBS/Sony 50DP 717/8, Sony SRCS 5722/3, Sony SRCS 9323/4, Sony SRCS 9750/1, Sony SICP 846/7, Sony SICP 4236/7, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

7 Ife
12" LP: Columbia KC 32092, CBS/Sony SOPJ 37/8, CBS/Sony 28AP 2161/2, CBS/Sony 36AP 1781/2
CD: Columbia C2K 65140, CBS/Sony 50DP 717/8, Sony SRCS 5722/3, Sony SRCS 9323/4, Sony SRCS 9750/1, Sony SICP 846/7, Sony SICP 4236/7, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

8 Right Off
12" LP: Columbia KC 32092, CBS/Sony SOPJ 37/8, CBS/Sony 28AP 2161/2, CBS/Sony 36AP 1781/2
CD: Columbia C2K 65140, CBS/Sony 50DP 717/8, Sony SRCS 5722/3, Sony SRCS 9323/4, Sony SRCS 9750/1, Sony SICP 846/7, Sony SICP 4236/7, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

9 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause)
12" LP: Columbia KC 32092, CBS/Sony SOPJ 37/8, CBS/Sony 28AP 2161/2, CBS/Sony 36AP 1781/2
CD: Columbia C2K 65140, CBS/Sony 50DP 717/8, Sony SRCS 5722/3, Sony SRCS 9323/4, Sony SRCS 9750/1, Sony SICP 846/7, Sony SICP 4236/7


This performance was edited and issued on CBS/Sony and Columbia as "In Concert" I-IV. The first set is called "Foot Fooler" and the second "Slickaphonics" on Columbia C2K 65140.

"Ife" evolved as it was performed during this period: the jaunty ten-note ascending-descending vamp that was the basis of the studio version of the tune was supplemented (and soon replaced) by a simpler four-note riff. In 1972 live performances, the tune typically begins with the latter riff and shifts to the former (here the shift occurs at 14:00). By early 1973 the simpler riff (with a slower tempo) replaced it completely.

"Chieftain" was first recorded in the studio on August 23. It is commonly performed in a medley with "Rated X" during this period. The transition occurs when Henderson begins the distinctive (and insistent) el-b vamp. I am grateful to Jim Szabo for discussion on these tunes.

The Davis Nonet was busy during this period: Paul's Mall, Boston (September 14-17); Spectrum, Philadelphia (September 23); Lincoln Center, New York (September 29); Stanford University Amphitheater, Palo Alto (October 1); Civic Theatre, San Diego (October 8).

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