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Miles Ahead session details

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July 26, 1963 (9 items; TT = 84:18)
La Pinède, Juan-les-Pins (France)
RTF radio broadcast (B+)

Miles Davis (tpt); George Coleman (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d); André Francis (ann)

1 Introduction (André Francis) 2:22
2 So What (M. Davis) 9:52
3 All Blues (M. Davis) 11:56
4 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 14:12
5 Seven Steps to Heaven (V. Feldman-M. Davis) 10:49
6 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 10:42

Not listed on JMY 1010
7 My Funny Valentine (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 9:54
8 Joshua (V. Feldman) 10:56
9 The Theme (M. Davis) 3:35


2 So What
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010, Musica Jazz MJCD 1340

4 Stella by Starlight
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010, Musica Jazz MJCD 1340

5 Seven Steps to Heaven
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010, Musica Jazz MJCD 1340

6 Walkin'
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010


This is the first of three recordings made at the Juan-les-Pins Festival. The rhythm section, after playing together for only two months, is amazingly fluid and cohesive. And Davis's playing is very spirited on all three of the Antibes recordings.

It has been rumored that Columbia recorded all three of the Quintet's performances at the Antibes festival, but I have never heard anything substantial to confirm these rumors. All three concerts were recorded and broadcast on ORTF. I am grateful to Robert Elliott for supplying me with the recordings from the ORTF archives.

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