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July 14, 1964 (8 items; TT = 53:58)
Shinjuku Kohseinenkin Hall, Tokyo (Japan)
Commercial for Columbia

Miles Davis (tpt); Sam Rivers (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d); Teruo Isono (ann)

1 Introduction (Teruo Isono) 1:10
2 If I Were a Bell (F. Loesser) 10:14
3 My Funny Valentine (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 12:44
4 So What (M. Davis) 8:02
5 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 9:11
6 All of You (C. Porter) 11:18
7 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 0:52
8 Closing announcement (Teruo Isono) 0:27


1 Introduction (Teruo Isono)
12" LP: CBS/Sony SONX 60064, CBS/Sony SOPL 162, CBS/Sony 18AP 2064, CBS/Sony 23AP 2564, CBS/Sony 25AP 762, CBS/Sony 28AP 2838, Columbia C2 38506, Mosaic MQ10-226, Get On Down 51279-LP
CD: Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93596, Jazz Door JD 12113/4, CBS/Sony 35DP 67, CBS/Sony 32DP 529, CBS/Sony CSCS 5146, Sony SRCS 9112, Sony SRCS 9746, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 824, Sony SICP 1213, Sony SICP 20056, Sony SICP 4017, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

2 If I Were a Bell
12" LP: CBS/Sony SONX 60064, CBS/Sony SOPL 162, CBS/Sony 18AP 2064, CBS/Sony 23AP 2564, CBS/Sony 25AP 762, CBS/Sony 28AP 2838, Columbia C2 38506, Mosaic MQ10-226, Get On Down 51279-LP
CD: Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93596, Jazz Door JD 12113/4, Columbia CK 93585, CBS/Sony 35DP 67, CBS/Sony 32DP 529, CBS/Sony CSCS 5146, Sony SRCS 9112, Sony SRCS 9746, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 824, Sony SICP 1213, Sony SICP 20056, Sony SICP 4017, Sony SICP 853, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

3 My Funny Valentine
12" LP: CBS/Sony SONX 60064, CBS/Sony SOPL 162, CBS/Sony 18AP 2064, CBS/Sony 23AP 2564, CBS/Sony 25AP 762, CBS/Sony 28AP 2838, Columbia C2 38506, Mosaic MQ10-226, Get On Down 51279-LP
CD: Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93596, Jazz Door JD 12113/4, CBS/Sony 35DP 67, CBS/Sony 32DP 529, CBS/Sony CSCS 5146, Sony SRCS 9112, Sony SRCS 9746, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 824, Sony SICP 1213, Sony SICP 20056, Sony SICP 4017, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

4 So What
12" LP: CBS/Sony SONX 60064, CBS/Sony SOPL 162, CBS/Sony 18AP 2064, CBS/Sony 23AP 2564, CBS/Sony 25AP 762, CBS/Sony 28AP 2838, Columbia C2 38506, Mosaic MQ10-226, Get On Down 51279-LP
CD: Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93596, Jazz Door JD 12113/4, CBS/Sony 35DP 67, CBS/Sony 32DP 529, CBS/Sony CSCS 5146, Sony SRCS 9112, Sony SRCS 9746, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 824, Sony SICP 1213, Sony SICP 20056, Sony SICP 4017, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

5 Walkin'
12" LP: CBS/Sony SONX 60064, CBS/Sony SOPL 162, CBS/Sony 18AP 2064, CBS/Sony 23AP 2564, CBS/Sony 25AP 762, CBS/Sony 28AP 2838, Columbia C2 38506, Mosaic MQ10-226, Get On Down 51279-LP
CD: Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93596, Jazz Door JD 12113/4, CBS/Sony 35DP 67, CBS/Sony 32DP 529, CBS/Sony CSCS 5146, Sony SRCS 9112, Sony SRCS 9746, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 824, Sony SICP 1213, Sony SICP 20056, Sony SICP 4017, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

6 All of You
12" LP: CBS/Sony SONX 60064, CBS/Sony SOPL 162, CBS/Sony 18AP 2064, CBS/Sony 23AP 2564, CBS/Sony 25AP 762, CBS/Sony 28AP 2838, Columbia C2 38506, Mosaic MQ10-226, Get On Down 51279-LP
CD: Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93596, Jazz Door JD 12113/4, CBS/Sony 35DP 67, CBS/Sony 32DP 529, CBS/Sony CSCS 5146, Sony SRCS 9112, Sony SRCS 9746, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 824, Sony SICP 1213, Sony SICP 20056, Sony SICP 4017, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

7 The Theme (with applause)
12" LP: CBS/Sony SONX 60064, CBS/Sony SOPL 162, CBS/Sony 18AP 2064, CBS/Sony 23AP 2564, CBS/Sony 25AP 762, CBS/Sony 28AP 2838, Columbia C2 38506, Mosaic MQ10-226, Get On Down 51279-LP
CD: Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93596, Jazz Door JD 12113/4, CBS/Sony 35DP 67, CBS/Sony 32DP 529, CBS/Sony CSCS 5146, Sony SRCS 9112, Sony SRCS 9746, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 824, Sony SICP 1213, Sony SICP 20056, Sony SICP 4017, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

8 Closing announcement (Teruo Isono)
12" LP: CBS/Sony SONX 60064, CBS/Sony SOPL 162, CBS/Sony 18AP 2064, CBS/Sony 23AP 2564, CBS/Sony 25AP 762, CBS/Sony 28AP 2838, Columbia C2 38506, Mosaic MQ10-226, Get On Down 51279-LP
CD: Columbia C7K 90840, Columbia CK 93596, CBS/Sony 35DP 67, CBS/Sony 32DP 529, CBS/Sony CSCS 5146, Sony SRCS 9112, Sony SRCS 9746, Sony SICP 620/5, Sony SICP 824, Sony SICP 1213, Sony SICP 20056, Sony SICP 4017, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922


George Coleman left the Davis Quintet in March or April 1964, leaving Davis once again without a saxophone player. In April Gary Peacock replaced Carter, who took a job with Sonny Rollins. By June Peacock left to join the Bill Evans Trio, and Carter returned. That month Ralph J. Gleason wrote that "Miles Davis has broken up his group and is keeping only drummer Tony Williams and pianist Herbie Hancock. He has hired guitarist Grant Green and probably will work without a tenor saxophone in the future." ("Rhythm Section," The Milwaukee Journal June 27, p. A3).

Meanwhile, the Quintet -- with varying personnel -- continued to perform: e.g. the It Club, Los Angeles (March 26-April 5); Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (with Count Basie, April 3); Jazz Workshop, San Francisco (April 7-19); Village Vanguard, New York (May 5-14).

Since Coleman's departure Tony Williams had been trying to convince Davis to hire Sam Rivers, a fellow Bostonian with whom Williams had played for years. Rivers joined the Quintet, probably in June. The new group was booked at the Showboat Lounge in Philadelphia (June 22-28) and at Birdland in New York (June 30-July 1).

Additional Japanese concerts may have been booked, the Quintet apparently performed only three, possibly four: there are recordings from Hibaya Yagai Ongaku-do Hall, Tokyo (July 12), Shinjuku Kohseinenkin Hall, Tokyo (July 14), and Maruyama Ongaku-do Hall, Kyoto (July 15). There may have been a performance at Osaka Festival Hall on July 13 -- Davis mentions one in his autobiography -- but in the notes to Domino 891212, Japanese critic Tosiyuki Nomoto is quoted as saying that "the tape on the 13th has still slept in the warehouse of a broadcasting station. There is not a person who heard it." In any case, Rivers left the Quintet as soon as the group returned to the United States. Wayne Shorter was hired as his replacement, and joined the Quintet at the Hollywood Bowl on September 4.

I am grateful to Rick Lopez for help with this session.

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