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October 29, 1971 (8 items; TT = 73:03)
De Doelen, Rotterdam (Holland)
Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep (AVRO) radio broadcast (B-)

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)

1 Directions (inc) (J. Zawinul) 8:05

Theme stated at 0:13, 1:42. Incomplete (4:48) on Mega Disc
2 Honky Tonk (M. Davis) 11:10
3 What I Say (M. Davis) 13:53

Incomplete (1:08) on Mega Disc
4 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 3:17
5 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 9:29
6 Yesternow (M. Davis) 10:59
7 Funky Tonk (M. Davis) 14:37
8 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause, announcement) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 1:33

1 Directions (inc)
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

2 Honky Tonk
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

3 What I Say
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

4 Sanctuary
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

5 It's About That Time
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

6 Yesternow
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

7 Funky Tonk
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

8 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause, announcement)
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

Beginning with a splice at 1:45 of "It's About That Time," one of the extant masters is marred by FM ghosting throughout. Another master, also from a broadcast, is less complete but sonically better:

  1. Introduction (0:31)
  2. Directions (inc, 4:45)
  3. Honky Tonk (11:06)
  4. What I Say (inc, 1:56, with voiceover)
  5. Sanctuary (3:15)
  6. It's About That Time (9:29)
  7. Yesternow (inc, 10:59)
  8. Funky Tonk (14:37)
  9. Sanctuary (closing theme, applause, and announcement, 1:33)

Jack De Johnette left the Davis Sextet late in the summer, and Davis hired Leon Chancler as his replacement. The Sextet was booked for one night at the Saratoga (NY) Performing Arts Center (September 19), and 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 18: Théâtre Alhambra, Bordeaux
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 West Germany at the beginning of the tour, and to Alexander Keth for information about the Bordeaux concert.

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