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October 4, 1964 (7 items; TT = 64:41)
KB Hallen, Copenhagen (Denmark)
Danmarks Radio broadcast (B-)

Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d)

1 Autumn Leaves (inc) (J. Prevert-J. Mercer-J. Kosma) 10:57
2 So What (M. Davis) 11:15
3 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 13:28
4 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 9:06
5 All of You (C. Porter) 11:55
6 Joshua (V. Feldman) 7:41
7 The Theme (M. Davis) 0:19


1 Autumn Leaves (inc)
CD: Magnetic MRCD 117, Domino 891218

2 So What
CD: Magnetic MRCD 117, Domino 891218

3 Stella by Starlight
CD: Magnetic MRCD 117, Domino 891218

4 Walkin'
CD: Magnetic MRCD 117, Domino 891218

5 All of You
CD: Magnetic MRCD 117, Domino 891218

6 Joshua
CD: Magnetic MRCD 117, Domino 891218

7 The Theme
CD: Magnetic MRCD 117, Domino 891218


The Domino CD is clearly pieced together from a few different masters: the editing is occasionally clumsy and there are some dubious equalizations and pitch corrections. The sound is brighter than on the old Magnetic CD, but it's still pretty rough.

The Davis Quintet embarked on a European tour, the USA Jazz Festival, in late September. In addition to the Davis Quintet, several other groups were involved, though I don't know if they all performed at every stop on the tour. The itinerary (with several gaps) was as follows:

September 25: Berlin Philharmonie
September 26: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
September 29: Le Théâtre Municipal, Lausanne
September 30: Kongresshaus, Zürich
October 1: Salle Pleyel, Paris (two concerts)
October 3: Johanneshov Isstadion, Stockholm
October 4: KB-Hallen, Copenhagen
October 5: Mässhallen, Gothenburg
October 6: Messuhalli, Helsinki
October 8: Stadthalle, Sindelfingen (two concerts)
October 11: Teatro dell' Arte, Milan

The Quintet was booked in other cities as well -- e.g. Barcelona and Frankfurt -- but I have been unable to find dates or confirm that these concerts occurred. Thanks to Flurin Casura for the advertisement for the Zürich concert, and to Frederik Adlers for providing the festival poster and for telling me about the Gothenburg date. Apparently the drummer for Papa Celestine's Original Tuxedo Jazz Band was sick that day and Tony Williams stepped in to take his place. He brought the house down!

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