Miles Ahead session details

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October 10, 1963 (21 items; TT = 54:33)
Columbia Studio, Hollywood CA
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra
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Miles Davis (tpt); Dick Leith (tb); Richard Perissi (frh); Bill Hinshaw (frh); Arthur Maeba (frh); Paul Horn (fl, alto fl, as); Buddy Collette (fl, alto fl, ts); Gene Cipriano (oboe, alto fl, ts); Fred Dutton (bssn); Marjorie Call (harp); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d); Gil Evans (arr, cond)

1 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #2-3 rehearsal) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 3:41
2 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #4, take 1) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 1:55
3 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #2-3, take 1) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 3:21
4 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #7, take 1) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 1:19
5 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #8, take 1) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 1:39
6 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #12, rehearsal) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 0:59
7 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #12, part 1, take 1) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 2:11
8 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #12, part 2, take 1) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 1:01
9 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #12, part 2, take 2) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 2:15
10 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue 19, take 1) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 2:56
11 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #20, take 1) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 1:41
12 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #20, take 2) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 1:11
13 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #6, take 1) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 0:34
14 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue #6, take 1A) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 0:36
15 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue A) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 0:30
16 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue B, take 1) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 0:26
17 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue B, take 2) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 0:26
18 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue B, take 3) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 0:09

Tempo much faster
19 The Time of the Barracudas (Cue B, vamp (inc)) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 0:07

Rhythm section only; cut off
20 The Time of the Barracudas (issued version) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 12:44
21 The Time of the Barracudas (alternate version) (G. Evans-M. Davis) 14:52


20 The Time of the Barracudas (issued version)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia CK 65293, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9734, Sony SIGP 2, Sony SICP 819


This is the second of two studio sessions devoted to recording Evans's program music.

According to the notes to MQ11-164, "This score was recorded in a string of cues to be used on tape to accompany live performances of Peter Barnes's play The Time of the Barracudas. The cues are edited together in numerical (i.e. stage performance) order, which works best musically. It includes the compositions 'Hotel Me' and 'Barracudas' (aka 'General Assembly') which have since been recorded and performed as separate compositions."

The unissued alternate version was presumably assembled by Teo Macero using the same raw materials used to create the issued version.

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' 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); Wilfrid Pelletier Hall, Place-des-Arts, Montreal (October 26); Showboat, Philadelphia (November 4-10).

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