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May 17, 1968 (1 item; TT = 16:56)
Columbia Studio B, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia

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

1 Stuff (take 2/3) (M. Davis) 16:56

1 Stuff (take 2/3)
12" LP: Columbia CS 9628, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-45437, CBS/Sony SONP 50023, CBS/Sony SONZ 54014, CBS/Sony SOPL 168, CBS/Sony 18AP 2073, CBS/Sony 23AP 2573, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 48954, Columbia CK 65684, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398, Columbia Legacy C6K 90925, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2147, CBS/Sony 32DP 728, Sony SRCS 5711, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 9305, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9711, Sony SICP 830, Sony SICJ 30073, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 30)

Several edits are audible in the composite version of "Stuff." According to the notes in the Quintet box (Mosaic MQ10-177, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398), "The first part of the performance is from the second run-through of the melody and is spliced onto a slower first take (at 1:50), which is a complete take."

This is Hancock's first turn at the Fender Rhodes electric piano; Carter plays the electric bass; and Davis and Shorter are clearly amplified throughout. The tune is the most unabashedly soulful of Davis' 1960s originals to date. Change was in the wind.

In addition to its busy studio schedule (six dates in just over a month), the Quintet was also busy with live dates, including the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis (May 26); Showboat Lounge, Philadelphia (May 29-June 5); Village Gate, New York (July 16-28, with Buster Williams and Miroslav Vitous subbing for Carter); the Laurel Jazz Festival (August 2); the New York Jazz Festival at Randall's Island (August 17); Count Basie's Club, New York (mid-August) -- Dave Holland's first gig with the Quintet, and Hancock's last. During this period several players joined the group for the odd engagement: Stanley Cowell (p); Marshall Hawkins, Cecil McBee, Gary Peacock, Bill Plummer, Reggie Workman, and Buster Williams (b); Jack De Johnette (d). Chick Corea joined the Quintet in time for a week at Peyton Place, Baltimore (September 17-22), then Chicago's Plugged Nickel Club (September 25-29); Royce Hall on the UCLA campus (October 5), Las Lomas High School Auditorium, Walnut Creek (October 6), San Francisco's Both/And Club (October 8-20), Shelly's Manne-Hole (October 22-November 3).

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