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Miles Ahead session details

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September 20, 1963 (6 items; TT = 52:04)
County Fairgrounds, Monterey CA
Commercial for Concord

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

1 Band warming up 0:41
2 Autumn Leaves (J. Prevert-J. Mercer-J. Kosma) 11:24
3 So What (M. Davis) 11:20
4 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 14:35
5 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 12:48
6 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 1:16


1 Band warming up
CD: Monterey Jazz Festival Records MJFR-30310, Universal UCCO 1008

2 Autumn Leaves
CD: Monterey Jazz Festival Records MJFR-30310, Universal UCCO 1008, Core Collection CC 004, Premier no number

3 So What
CD: Monterey Jazz Festival Records MJFR-30310, Universal UCCO 1008, Core Collection CC 004, Premier no number

4 Stella by Starlight
CD: Monterey Jazz Festival Records MJFR-30310, Universal UCCO 1008, Core Collection CC 004, Premier no number

5 Walkin'
CD: Monterey Jazz Festival Records MJFR-30310, Universal UCCO 1008, Core Collection CC 004, Premier no number

6 The Theme (with applause)
CD: Monterey Jazz Festival Records MJFR-30310, Universal UCCO 1008, Core Collection CC 004, Premier no number


The Quintet played the Sixth Annual Monterey Festival at the beginning of a month or two in California; during that time Davis spent a lot of time collaborating with Gil Evans on the music to accompany Peter Barnes's play The Time of the Barracudas. Some of this music, only a fraction of what was recorded, was released on Mosaic MQ11-164 and Columbia CXK 67397.

The Time of the Barracudas opened at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco on October 21. Ralph J. Gleason's review in the San Francisco Chronicle (October 24) was not a rave: "Miles Davis's music is used in 'Time of the Barracudas' all right and it's a good thing it is, since the play at the Curran has little else to recommend it." The play closed on November 23 at the Huntington Hartford in Los Angeles.

The Davis Quintet was booked for three weeks at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco (September 3-22), but the show was closed down on the 18th: the owner was charged with "employing a minor" -- Tony Williams! Other activity: Royce Hall, UCLA (September 28); It Club, Los Angeles (October 3-13); Adams-West Theatre (October 11-12 -- these were "after-hours jam sessions" scheduled for 2-6 am); La Grand Salle, Place des Arts, Montreal (October 26); Showboat, Philadelphia (November 4-10).

I am grateful to Eric Jooris for providing the review of the Montreal concert.

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