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October 24, 1966 (35 items; TT = 84:37)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Show chatter

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

1 Circle (rehearsal) (M. Davis) 7:42
2 Circle (take 1 fs) (M. Davis) 0:19
3 Circle (take 2 fs) (M. Davis) 0:24
4 Circle (take 3 inc) (M. Davis) 0:39
5 Circle (take 4 inc) (M. Davis) 2:44
6 Circle (take 5) (M. Davis) 5:07
7 Circle (take 6) (M. Davis) 6:09
8 Orbits (take 1 inc) (W. Shorter) 1:26
9 Orbits (take 2 fs) (W. Shorter) 0:25
10 Orbits (take 3 fs) (W. Shorter) 0:52
11 Orbits (rehearsal) (W. Shorter) 2:27
12 Orbits (take 4 inc) (W. Shorter) 0:53
13 Orbits (take 5 fs) (W. Shorter) 0:12
14 Orbits (take 6 inc) (W. Shorter) 2:51
15 Orbits (take 7 fs) (W. Shorter) 0:26
16 Orbits (take 8) (W. Shorter) 4:03
17 Orbits (take 9 fs) (W. Shorter) 0:30
18 Orbits (take 10 inc) (W. Shorter) 0:30
19 Orbits (take 11) (W. Shorter) 4:51
20 Dolores (rehearsal) (W. Shorter) 3:01
21 Dolores (take 1 inc) (W. Shorter) 2:01
22 Dolores (take 2) (W. Shorter) 6:40
23 Freedom Jazz Dance (rehearsal) (E. Harris) 8:07
24 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 1 inc) (E. Harris) 1:30
25 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 2 inc) (E. Harris) 0:55
26 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 3 inc) (E. Harris) 0:21
27 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 4 inc) (E. Harris) 0:41
28 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 5 inc) (E. Harris) 2:12
29 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 6 inc) (E. Harris) 1:57
30 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 7 inc) (E. Harris) 2:29
31 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 8 inc) (E. Harris) 1:45
32 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 9 inc) (E. Harris) 0:27
33 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 10A inc) (E. Harris) 1:17
34 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 10B inc) (E. Harris) 1:16
35 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 11) (E. Harris) 7:28


1 Circle (rehearsal)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

2 Circle (take 1 fs)
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3 Circle (take 2 fs)
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4 Circle (take 3 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

5 Circle (take 4 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

6 Circle (take 5)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2601 (= CS 9401), Speakers Corner CS 9401, CBS/Sony SONP 50177, CBS/Sony SONT 52042, CBS/Sony SOPL 165, CBS/Sony 18AP 2069, CBS/Sony 23AP 2569, CBS/Sony 25AP 765, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 48849, Columbia CK 65682, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398, Columbia Legacy C6K 90925, Columbia CK 61405, Columbia CK 65945, Columbia Legacy CK 65038, Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2201, CBS/Sony 32DP 724, Sony SRCS 5707, Sony SRCS 9114, Sony SRCS 9710, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 2230, Sony SRGS 4538, Sony SICP 827, Sony SICP 1216, Sony SICP 20058, Sony SICP 30263, Sony SICJ 30069, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 26)

7 Circle (take 6)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2601 (= CS 9401), Speakers Corner CS 9401, CBS/Sony SONP 50177, CBS/Sony SONT 52042, CBS/Sony SOPL 165, CBS/Sony 18AP 2069, CBS/Sony 23AP 2569, CBS/Sony 25AP 765, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 48849, Columbia CK 65682, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398, Columbia Legacy C6K 90925, Columbia CK 61405, Columbia CK 65945, Columbia Legacy CK 65038, Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2201, CBS/Sony 32DP 724, Sony SRCS 5707, Sony SRCS 9114, Sony SRCS 9710, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 2230, Sony SRGS 4538, Sony SICP 827, Sony SICP 1216, Sony SICP 20058, Sony SICP 30263, Sony SICJ 30069, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 26)

8 Orbits (take 1 inc)
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9 Orbits (take 2 fs)
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10 Orbits (take 3 fs)
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11 Orbits (rehearsal)
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12 Orbits (take 4 inc)
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13 Orbits (take 5 fs)
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14 Orbits (take 6 inc)
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15 Orbits (take 7 fs)
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16 Orbits (take 8)
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17 Orbits (take 9 fs)
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18 Orbits (take 10 inc)
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19 Orbits (take 11)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2601 (= CS 9401), Speakers Corner CS 9401, CBS/Sony SONP 50177, CBS/Sony SONT 52042, CBS/Sony SOPL 165, CBS/Sony 18AP 2069, CBS/Sony 23AP 2569, CBS/Sony 25AP 765, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 48849, Columbia CK 65682, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398, Columbia Legacy C6K 90925, Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2201, CBS/Sony 32DP 724, Sony SRCS 5707, Sony SRCS 9114, Sony SRCS 9710, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 2230, Sony SRGS 4538, Sony SICP 827, Sony SICP 1216, Sony SICP 20058, Sony SICP 30263, Sony SICJ 30069, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 26)

20 Dolores (rehearsal)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

21 Dolores (take 1 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

22 Dolores (take 2)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2601 (= CS 9401), Speakers Corner CS 9401, CBS/Sony SONP 50177, CBS/Sony SONT 52042, CBS/Sony SOPL 165, CBS/Sony 18AP 2069, CBS/Sony 23AP 2569, CBS/Sony 25AP 765, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 48849, Columbia CK 65682, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398, Columbia Legacy C6K 90925, Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2201, CBS/Sony 32DP 724, Sony SRCS 5707, Sony SRCS 9114, Sony SRCS 9710, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 2230, Sony SRGS 4538, Sony SICP 827, Sony SICP 1216, Sony SICP 20058, Sony SICP 30263, Sony SICJ 30069, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 26)

23 Freedom Jazz Dance (rehearsal)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

24 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 1 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

25 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 2 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

26 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 3 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

27 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 4 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

28 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 5 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

29 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 6 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

30 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 7 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

31 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 8 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

32 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 9 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

33 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 10A inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

34 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 10B inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

35 Freedom Jazz Dance (take 11)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2601 (= CS 9401), Speakers Corner CS 9401, CBS/Sony SONP 50177, CBS/Sony SONT 52042, CBS/Sony SOPL 165, CBS/Sony 18AP 2069, CBS/Sony 23AP 2569, CBS/Sony 25AP 765, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 48849, Columbia CK 65682, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398, Columbia Legacy C6K 90925, Columbia 69699 89152, Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2201, CBS/Sony 32DP 724, Sony SRCS 5707, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 9114, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9710, Sony SRGS 4538, Sony SICP 827, Sony SICP 1216, Sony SICP 20058, Sony SICP 30263, Sony SICJ 30069, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 26)


"Circle" is the only tune on Miles Smiles for which there is more than one complete take. The originally-issued version of "Circle" is a composite: the first 4:38 (until Davis' closing statement of the theme) is from complete take 6; the remaining 1:10, including Davis' "See how that sounds, Teo...", is from complete take 5. The tune is based on "Drad-Dog," recorded in March 1961 and issued on Someday My Prince Will Come. Herbie Hancock has written that

Miles brought in this lead sheet of "Drad-Dog" and said, "Play this chord," so I played it. Then he pointed to a chord on the sheet and said, "play this chord before this chord," and so I did. The he pointed to another chord and said, "play this chord after this chord," and in a few minutes, we had this new song.

According to the track sheets for this session, the original title for "Orbits" was "Mass Confusion." During Davis' solo on the master take 11 (beginning at ca. 0:50), someone can be heard in the left channel tapping on a cowbell or other percussion instrument. This occurs while Hancock is not playing piano, so it may be him. Perhaps this explains Williams' reference to "chimes" in the chatter following the take. Thanks to Jonathan Lim for discussing this with me.

There is one extant live version of "Dolores," and a few live versions of "Gingerbread Boy," but the only tune from the Miles Smiles sessions that entered the live book immediately and stayed there was Wayne Shorter's "Footprints." Davis continued to play the tune regularly; the last extant recording is from April 1970, after Shorter's departure from Davis' working group.

The Evolution of the Groove (Columbia Legacy 89152) includes a 2:56 remix of "Freedom Jazz Dance" featuring Nas (voc), Olu Dara (tpt), Geri Allen (el-p), Victor Bailey (el-b), Vincent Wilburn, Jr. (d), Erik Kussio and Todd Lea (drum programming), Diego Carlin (keyboard programming), and Pat Thrall (programming).

The Quintet played at the Pacific Jazz Festival in Costa Mesa CA on Sunday October 9.

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