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Miles Ahead session details

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December 22, 1965 (18 items; TT = 216:20)
Plugged Nickel Club, Chicago IL
Commercial for Columbia

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

First set
1 If I Were a Bell (F. Loesser) 17:02
2 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 12:49
3 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 15:54

Incomplete (14:52) prior to Mosaic MQ10-158 and Columbia CXK 66956
4 I Fall in Love Too Easily (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 11:43
5 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 10:22

Second set
6 My Funny Valentine (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 16:40
7 Four (M. Davis) 15:05

Incomplete (13:46) prior to Mosaic MQ10-158 and Columbia CXK 66956
8 When I Fall in Love (E. Heyman-V. Young) 10:47
9 Agitation (M. Davis) 13:14
10 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 8:42
11 Milestones (M. Davis) 14:02

Incomplete (11:42) prior to Mosaic MQ10-158 and Columbia CXK 66956. Davis plays only during opening and closing themes
12 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 0:42

Third set
13 All of You (C. Porter) 14:41
14 Oleo (S. Rollins) 6:05
15 I Fall in Love Too Easily (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 11:54
16 No Blues (M. Davis) 17:35

Incomplete (16:21) prior to Mosaic MQ10-158 and Columbia CXK 66956
17 I Thought About You (J. Mercer-J. Van Heusen) 11:05

First 0:05 included on Sony SRCS 9731
18 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 7:58


1 If I Were a Bell
12" LP: Columbia CJ 40645, Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CK 40645, Columbia CXK 66955, CBS/Sony CSCS 5343, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9731

2 Stella by Starlight
12" LP: Columbia CJ 40645, Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CK 40645, Columbia CXK 66955, CBS/Sony CSCS 5343, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9731

3 Walkin'
12" LP: Columbia CJ 40645, Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CK 40645, Columbia CXK 66955, CBS/Sony CSCS 5343, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9731

4 I Fall in Love Too Easily
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

5 The Theme (with applause)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

6 My Funny Valentine
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

7 Four
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9754

8 When I Fall in Love
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

9 Agitation
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

10 'Round Midnight
12" LP: CBS/Sony 18AP 2068, CBS/Sony 23AP 2568, CBS/Sony 25AP 291, Columbia C2 38266, Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Columbia CK 67377, , Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 6841, Sony SRCS 7218, Sony SRCS 2461, Sony SICP 4180/1, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

11 Milestones
12" LP: Columbia CJ 40645, Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CK 40645, Columbia CXK 66955, Columbia CK 67377, CBS/Sony CSCS 5343, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9731

12 The Theme (with applause)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9731

13 All of You
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

14 Oleo
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

15 I Fall in Love Too Easily
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

16 No Blues
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9731

17 I Thought About You
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

18 The Theme (with applause)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7


The Davis Quintet was booked for two weeks at the Plugged Nickel, from December 21 until January 2: they played December 21-23 (Tuesday-Thursday), were off on the 24th, played December 26-27 (Saturday-Sunday), were off on 27th and 28th, and played December 29-January 2 (Wednesday-Sunday). The "Miles Davis Quartet" -- presumably the Quintet without Davis -- played Sunday matinées. They returned to New York in January, and were booked at the Village Vanguard for Friday-through-Sunday shows for much of January (January 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30, also February 4-6).

Several tunes are edited on issues prior to Mosaic MQ10-158 and Columbia CXK 66955 because portions were missing on the tapes used as masters. By using (previously unknown) three-track B-reels, Columbia was able to restore these tunes to their full length:

  • "Walkin'" (first set) - add 1:04 to ts solo. Listen for clean edit at 7:58 of incomplete version.
  • "Four" (second set) - add 1:20 to tpt solo. Listen for clean edit at 1:37 of incomplete version.
  • "Milestones" (second set) - add 2:20 to ts solo. Listen for audible splice at 1:54 of incomplete version.
  • "No Blues" (third set) - add 1:16 to tpt solo. Listen for clean edit at 3:10 of incomplete version.

More information (and some personal reflections) on these nights at the Plugged Nickel are available elsewhere on this site.

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