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August 21, 1962 (30 items; TT = 59:22)
Columbia Studio A, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
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Miles Davis (tpt); Frank Rehak (tb); Wayne Shorter (ts); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Willie Bobo [William Correa] (bgo); Bob Dorough (p, voc)

1 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (rehearsal) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 0:36
2 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 1) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 1:15
3 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 2) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 2:48
4 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 3) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 0:11
5 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 4) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 1:46
6 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 5) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 3:07
7 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 6) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 0:59
8 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 7) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 0:47
9 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 8) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 0:49
10 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 9) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 2:05
11 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 10) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 2:59
12 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 11) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 0:41
13 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 12 (fs)) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 0:33
14 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 12) (M. Davis-B. Dorough) 2:41
15 Nothing Like You (rehearsal) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 8:27
16 Nothing Like You (take 1) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 0:40
17 Nothing Like You (take 2) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 0:32
18 Nothing Like You (rehearsal) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 6:12
19 Nothing Like You (take 3) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 0:14
20 Nothing Like You (take 4) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 0:28
21 Nothing Like You (rehearsal) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 4:37
22 Nothing Like You (take 5) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 1:05
23 Nothing Like You (take 6) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 2:28
24 Nothing Like You (take 7) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 0:54
25 Nothing Like You (take 8) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 1:06
26 Nothing Like You (take 9) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 2:15
27 Nothing Like You (take 10) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 4:58
28 Nothing Like You (take 11) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 1:41
29 Nothing Like You (take 12 (fs)) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 0:32
30 Nothing Like You (take 12) (F. Landesman-B. Dorough) 1:56

14 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (take 12)
45 rpm: Columbia Legacy 88875024357-1
12" LP: Columbia CL 1893 (= CS 8693), Mosaic MQ11-164, CBS (F) BPG 62637, CBS/Sony SONP 50199
CD: Columbia CK 40166, Sony Special Products RCAB 59970, CBS/Sony CSCS 5030, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

30 Nothing Like You (take 12)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2732 (= CS 9532), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-45435, Nippon Columbia YS-952, CBS/Sony SONP 50185, CBS/Sony SOPL 166, CBS/Sony 18AP 2070, CBS/Sony 23AP 2570, CBS/Sony 25AP 766, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 52974, Columbia CK 65680, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2145, CBS/Sony 32DP 725, Sony SRCS 5708, Sony SRCS 9115, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9735, Sony SIGP 27, Sony SICP 828, Sony SICP 1217

Davis, Columbia's best-selling jazz artist, was cajoled into contributing a title to a Christmas compilation album to be in the stores in December 1962. According to Jack Chambers (Milestones), Davis complained to Dorough, "What the fuck am I supposed to play for them? 'White Christmas'?" The lyrics are by Dorough and the arrangement is by Gil Evans. Davis plays some very tasty obbligatos behind Dorough's vocals, and Wayne Shorter -- taking a break from the Jazz Messengers -- has an excellent one-chorus solo on the issued take.

There are no instrumental breaks in "Nothing Like You," but there are some nice Davis/Rehak unison passages, Davis again plays very nice obbligatos, and the arrangement is vintage Evans. Many listeners dismiss these titles as fluff in the Davis catalog, but Davis and Macero took these tunes seriously enough to devote nearly an hour of studio time to getting them right -- twelve takes and several rehearsals apiece!

After the flurry of Columbia studio activity and live recording in the spring of 1961, Davis was relatively inactive during 1961-1962. He was evidently unhappy with Hank Mobley, though he did not replace him until sometime the following year. J.J. Johnson was added to the group as another solo voice, and the Sextet was booked at the Club Renaissance, Los Angeles (October 12-19; Philly Joe Jones on drums); Minor Key Club, Detroit (December 7-10); Jazz Gallery, New York (December 21, 1961-January 3, 1962); Howard Theatre, Washington (January 12-18 -- Philly Joe Jones on drums, and Johnson apparently did not make this gig); Indiana University Auditorium (March 24 -- a benefit for the Indiana NAACP for which Davis did not show!); April 17-22, Village Vanguard, New York; May 19-28, Mardi Gras, Kansas City; June 1-10, Music Box Theatre, Los Angeles; June 12-July 1, Blackhawk Supper Club, San Francisco; July 4-10, The Penthouse, Seattle; August 16-19, Minor Key, Detroit; August 24-25, La Comédie Canadienne, Montreal (Davis filled in for an ailing Sonny Rollins for the August 25 matinée); September 17-22, Showboat, Philadelphia; November 13-19, Village Vanguard, New York. A four-night engagement at the Music Box Club, Cleveland (December 6-9) was canceled and rescheduled for December 27-30. Mobley is still listed as the saxophonist at the end of 1962.

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