Miles Ahead session details

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September 10, 1956 (14 items; TT = 53:17)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis Quintet
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Miles Davis (tpt); John Coltrane (ts); William "Red" Garland (p); Paul Chambers (b); Philly Joe Jones (d)

1 All of You (take 1) (C. Porter) 7:53
2 All of You (take 2) (C. Porter) 7:29
3 All of You (coda 1) (C. Porter) 1:01
4 Studio chatter 0:13
5 Sweet Sue, Just You (take 1) (W. Harris-V. Young) 4:30
6 Sweet Sue, Just You (take 2) (W. Harris-V. Young) 4:00
7 Sweet Sue, Just You (rehearsal) (W. Harris-V. Young) 4:00
8 Sweet Sue, Just You (take 3 (inc)) (W. Harris-V. Young) 1:22
9 Sweet Sue, Just You (take 4) (W. Harris-V. Young) 5:57
10 Sweet Sue, Just You (take 5) (W. Harris-V. Young) 3:57
11 Sweet Sue, Just You (take 6 (inc)) (W. Harris-V. Young) 0:37
12 Sweet Sue, Just You (take 7 (inc)) (W. Harris-V. Young) 0:45
13 Sweet Sue, Just You (take 8) (W. Harris-V. Young) 4:08
14 Studio chatter 0:21
15 'Round Midnight (take 1) (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 6:32
16 Leonard Bernstein narration (incomplete) 0:32


1 All of You (take 1)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6

2 All of You (take 2)
12" LP: Columbia CL 949 (= CS 8649), Columbia 88765 48605, Speakers Corner CL 949, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-373, Nippon Columbia YS-302, Nippon Columbia SL-1012, CBS/Sony SONP 50033, CBS/Sony SOPC 57139, CBS/Sony SOPL 151, CBS/Sony 18AP 2052, CBS/Sony 23AP 2552, CBS/Sony 25AP 751, CBS/Sony 28AP 2831, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 40610, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia CK 85201, Columbia C2K 94750, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 32DP 510, CBS/Sony CSCS 5138, Sony SRCS 9101, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9725, Sony SRGS 4517, Sony SICP 810, Sony SICP 892, Sony SICP 1201

3 All of You (coda 1)
12" LP: Columbia CL 949 (= CS 8649), Columbia 88765 48605, Speakers Corner CL 949, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-373, Nippon Columbia YS-302, Nippon Columbia SL-1012, CBS/Sony SONP 50033, CBS/Sony SOPC 57139, CBS/Sony SOPL 151, CBS/Sony 18AP 2052, CBS/Sony 23AP 2552, CBS/Sony 25AP 751, CBS/Sony 28AP 2831
CD: Columbia CK 40610, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia CK 85201, Columbia C2K 94750, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 32DP 510, CBS/Sony CSCS 5138, Sony SRCS 9101, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9725, Sony SRGS 4517, Sony SICP 810, Sony SICP 892, Sony SICP 1201

5 Sweet Sue, Just You (take 1)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6

7 Sweet Sue, Just You (rehearsal)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6

10 Sweet Sue, Just You (take 5)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6

13 Sweet Sue, Just You (take 8)
12" LP: Columbia CL 919, Columbia CL 1765, Columbia PC 32025, Mosaic MQ9-191, CBS (F) BPG 62637, CBS/Sony SONP 50199, CBS/Sony SOPM 140
CD: Sony Classical SMK 60566, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia CK 85201, Columbia C2K 94750, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9725, Sony SICP 810, Sony SICP 892

14 Studio chatter
12" LP: Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6

15 'Round Midnight (take 1)
45 rpm: Columbia 4-33037
12" LP: Columbia CL 949 (= CS 8649), Columbia 88765 48605, Speakers Corner CL 949, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-373, Nippon Columbia YS-302, Nippon Columbia SL-1012, CBS/Sony SONP 50033, CBS/Sony SOPC 57139, CBS/Sony SOPL 151, CBS/Sony 18AP 2052, CBS/Sony 23AP 2552, CBS/Sony 25AP 751, CBS/Sony 28AP 2831, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ9-191
CD: Columbia CK 40610, Columbia C6K 65833, Columbia C6K 90922, Columbia CK 85201, Columbia C2K 94750, Columbia CK 61405, Columbia C2K 85475, Columbia CK 64616, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 32DP 510, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 6841, Sony SRCS 7218, Sony SRCS 9101, Sony SRCS 2223/8, Sony SICP 651/6, Sony SRCS 9725, Sony SRCS 2493/4, Sony SRGS 4517, Sony SICP 810, Sony SICP 892, Sony SICP 1201


This was the last of the Columbia quintet sessions to be scheduled while Davis was still fulfilling the terms of his contract to Prestige.

The issued version of "Sweet Sue, Just You" (take 8) is used as an illustration of improvisation in Leonard Bernstein's What is Jazz? (Columbia CL 919) and contains a voiceover narration by Bernstein that runs from 3:05-3:25: "Well, we've heard jazz at it comes from the past, and we have a sample of what might turn out to be the future of jazz. What we're hearing now is jazz in the present tense, still a fresh and vital art, with a solid past and an exciting future..." The takes of "'Round Midnight" are included on The Making of 'Round About Midnight (Kind of Blue KOB 004).

In the time between Davis's last two Prestige sessions (May 11 and October 26), and during which he was actively recording for Columbia, the Quintet maintained a busy touring schedule: Café Bohemia, New York (May 3-9 and May 25-June 10; Blue Note, Philadelphia (June 11-16); Crown Propeller Lounge, Chicago (June 19-July 8); Graystone Ballroom, Detroit (Monday, July 9); Peacock Alley, St. Louis (July 13-21); Rouge Lounge, Detroit (July 24-29, probably canceled); Café Bohemia, New York (September 7-29); Storyville, Boston (October 1-7); Café Bohemia, New York (October 15-29)

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