Miles Ahead session details

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September 25, 1948 (25 items; TT = 63:10)
Royal Roost Club, New York NY
WMCA radio broadcast (B)
Miles Davis Quintet
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Miles Davis (tpt); Lee Konitz (as); John Lewis (p); Dillon "Curley" Russell (b); Max Roach (d); Kenny "Pancho" Hagood (voc); Clark Terry (tpt); Jimmy Nottingham (tpt); Harry Edison (tpt); Emmett Berry (tpt); Dickie Wells (tb); Bill Johnson (tb); George Matthews (tb); Ted Donnelly (tb); Bernie Peacock (as); Earl Warren (as, voc); Wardell Gray (ts); Paul Gonsalves (ts); Ronald "Jack" Washington (bs); Freddie Green (g); William "Count" Basie (p); Singleton Palmer (b); Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson (d); Anita O'Day (voc); Symphony Sid Torin (ann); Bob Garrity (ann); Unknown (ann)

1 Announcement 0:06
2 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (L. Young) 1:05
3 52nd Street Theme (T. Monk) 4:00

Listed as "Broadway Theme" on Session Disc 101
4 Introduction 0:53
5 Half Nelson (M. Davis) 5:50
6 Introduction 2:07
7 You Go to My Head (H. Gillespie-J.F. Coots) 5:50

Add Hagood (voc)
8 Introduction 0:09
9 Chasin' the Bird (C. Parker) 5:52
10 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (L. Young) 0:19
11 Good Bait (T. Dameron-C. Basie) 2:33
12 Malagueña (E. Lecuona) 2:43

Add O'Day (voc)
13 Introduction 0:12
14 How High the Moon (N. Hamilton-M. Lewis) 2:42

Add O'Day (voc)
15 Introduction 0:06
16 Little Dog (Unknown) 2:32
17 Spasmodic (J. Giuffre) 2:21
18 Robbins' Nest (I. Jacquet-C. Thompson) 2:58
19 How High the Moon (N. Hamilton-M. Lewis) 2:43
20 High Tide (C. Basie-F. Green) 2:49
21 Malagueña (E. Lecuona) 4:27
22 High Tide (C. Basie-F. Green) 2:26
23 Hi Ho Trailus Boot Whip (B. Harding-B. Ram-J. Palmer) 2:39

Add O'Day (voc)
24 That's That (Unknown) 2:24

Add O'Day (voc)
25 The King (C. Basie) 3:24


3 52nd Street Theme
12" LP: Session Disc 101
CD: Tokuma TKCB-30024, Tokuma TKCB-71891, Fresh Sound FSCD-1008, Le Jazz CD 45, Definitive Records DRCD 11137, 11159

5 Half Nelson
12" LP: Session Disc 101
CD: Tokuma TKCB-30024, Tokuma TKCB-71891, Fresh Sound FSCD-1008, Le Jazz CD 45, Definitive Records DRCD 11137, 11159

6 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408

7 You Go to My Head
12" LP: Session Disc 101
CD: Tokuma TKCB-30024, Tokuma TKCB-71891, Fresh Sound FSCD-1008, Le Jazz CD 45, Definitive Records DRCD 11137, 11159

9 Chasin' the Bird
12" LP: Session Disc 101
CD: Tokuma TKCB-30024, Tokuma TKCB-71891, Fresh Sound FSCD-1008, Le Jazz CD 45, Definitive Records DRCD 11137, 11159

11 Good Bait
CD: Drive Archive DE2-41096

12 Malagueña
12" LP: Alto AL-702

13 Introduction
CD: Drive Archive DE2-41096

14 How High the Moon
CD: Drive Archive DE2-41096

15 Introduction
CD: Drive Archive DE2-41096

16 Little Dog
CD: Drive Archive DE2-41096

17 Spasmodic
12" LP: Alto AL-702

18 Robbins' Nest
12" LP: Alto AL-702

19 How High the Moon
12" LP: Alto AL-702

20 High Tide
12" LP: Alto AL-702

21 Malagueña
12" LP: Alto AL-702

22 High Tide
12" LP: Alto AL-702

23 Hi Ho Trailus Boot Whip
12" LP: Alto AL-702

24 That's That
12" LP: Alto AL-702

25 The King
12" LP: Alto AL-702


This all-star quintet -- a subset of the Davis Nonet, which had just concluded a two-week stay at the Royal Roost -- was booked for a week at the Roost.

An excerpt of the announcement following "Half Nelson" -- beginning with "I'd like to remind you too that the Royal Roost is doing a little something different..." and ending before the introduction of Kenny Hagood -- is often included in the complete Parker Roost broadcasts and dated February 19, 1949, but it can't belong there. Symphony Sid refers to the upcoming series of "Sunday afternoon Symphony Sid Bop Concerts" -- the first one being "this coming Sunday, September the 26th." He'd made the same pitch in the chatter during the September 18 broadcast of the Davis Nonet from the Roost.

The Count Basie material is from two different broadcasts, and the second announcer is a mystery. Thanks to Leif Bo Petersen, Jan Lohmann, and James Accardi for help with this date. And a big thank-you to Norman Saks for providing sharing the What is Bebop? pamphlet Symhony Sid mentions in his comments.

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