Miles Ahead session details

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November 20, 1959 (27 items; TT = 62:24)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra
Chatter: [show] [hide]

Miles Davis (tpt, flh); Ernie Royal (tpt); Bernie Glow (tpt); Taft Jordan (tpt); Louis Mucci (tpt); Dick Hixon (tb); Frank Rehak (tb); Jimmy Buffington (frh); John Barrows (frh); Earl Chapin (frh); Jimmy McAllister (tuba); Al Block (fl); Eddie Caine (fl); Romeo Penque (oboe); Harold Feldman (oboe, cl); Danny Bank (bcl); Jack Knitzer (bssn); Janet Putnam (harp); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Elvin Jones (perc); José Mangual (perc); Gil Evans (arr, cond)

1 Concierto de Aranjuez (J. Rodrigo) 5:48
2 Studio chatter 0:50
3 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 1, take 1) (J. Rodrigo) 0:51
4 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 1, take 2) (J. Rodrigo) 1:58
5 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 2, take 1) (J. Rodrigo) 2:46
6 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 3, take 1) (J. Rodrigo) 1:10
7 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 3, take 2) (J. Rodrigo) 1:07
8 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 4, take 1) (J. Rodrigo) 1:20
9 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 4, take 2) (J. Rodrigo) 1:27
10 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 5, take 1) (J. Rodrigo) 1:36
11 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 5, take 2) (J. Rodrigo) 4:49
12 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 6, take 1) (J. Rodrigo) 4:44
13 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 6, take 2) (J. Rodrigo) 0:40
14 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 6, take 3) (J. Rodrigo) 0:33
15 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 6, take 4) (J. Rodrigo) 2:55
16 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 7, take 1) (J. Rodrigo) 1:16
17 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 7, take 2) (J. Rodrigo) 1:41
18 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 8, take 1) (J. Rodrigo) 0:54
19 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 8, take 2) (J. Rodrigo) 0:46
20 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 8, take 3) (J. Rodrigo) 0:47
21 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 8, take 4) (J. Rodrigo) 1:18
22 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 9, take 1) (J. Rodrigo) 1:25
23 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 9, take 2) (J. Rodrigo) 0:19
24 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 6, take 5) (J. Rodrigo) 0:42
25 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 6, take 6) (J. Rodrigo) 2:59
26 Concierto de Aranjuez (alternate insert ending) (J. Rodrigo) 1:10
27 Unknown fragment 0:15

Short crescendo-decrescendo passage repeated thee times by brass and reeds
28 Concierto de Aranjuez (edited master) (J. Rodrigo) 16:18


12 Concierto de Aranjuez (insert 6, take 1)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 65142, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9705, Sony SRGS 4502, Sony SICP 817, Sony SICP 1207, Sony SICP 20054

26 Concierto de Aranjuez (alternate insert ending)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 65142, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9705, Sony SRGS 4502, Sony SICP 817, Sony SICP 1207, Sony SICP 20054

28 Concierto de Aranjuez (edited master)
12" LP: Columbia CL 1480 (= CS 8271), Sony 88765 40765-1, Music on Vinyl MOV LP029, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 1-375, Nippon Columbia YS-153, CBS/Sony SONP 50162, CBS/Sony SOPL 156, CBS/Sony 18AP 2057, CBS/Sony 23AP 2557, CBS/Sony 25AP 756, CBS/Sony 28AP 2834, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 08271, Columbia CK 40578, Columbia CK 65142, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 35DP 63, CBS/Sony 32DP 524, CBS/Sony CSCS 5142, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 9108, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9705, Sony SRGS 4502, Sony SICP 817, Sony SICP 1207, Sony SICP 20054, Jazz Roots CD 56045


Several studio sessions scheduled in late October and early November had to be canceled because Davis had the flu.

According to the notes for Mosaic MQ11-164, "The originally issued master take [CL 1610, etc.] uses the opening harp notes from a November 15 false start (take 4)" and "After this tune was completed, rehearsals of 'Song of Our Country' were taped." Several bits of "Concierto de Aranjuez" and "Saeta" are included in The Miles Davis Radio Project (American Public Radio, 1990).

The Davis Quintet was booked for three weeks at Birdland (November 5-25), but presumably several of these dates were canceled on account of Davis's illness. The Quintet did perform at a "Jazz Dance" at St. Nicholas Arena on November 27. Coltrane, Kelly, Chambers, and Cobb were in Atlantic Studios on November 24 and December 2, recording titles that appeared on Coltrane Jazz. The Quintet (billed as "Miles Davis and His Famous Sextette") played a week-long engagement at Chicago's Regal Theatre (December 25-31).

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