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December 23, 1965 (21 items; TT = 235:16)
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) 13:34
2 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 13:08
3 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 11:02
4 I Fall in Love Too Easily (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 12:06

Incomplete (11:00) prior to Mosaic MQ10-158 and Columbia CXK 66956
5 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 2:59

Second set
6 All of You (C. Porter) 10:52
7 Agitation (M. Davis) 10:50
8 My Funny Valentine (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 13:59
9 On Green Dolphin Street (N. Washington-B. Kaper) 13:06

Incomplete (11:28) prior to Mosaic MQ10-158 and Columbia CXK 66956
10 So What (M. Davis) 13:35
11 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 3:32

Third set
12 When I Fall in Love (E. Heyman-V. Young) 13:44
13 Milestones (M. Davis) 11:37

Incomplete (10:16) prior to Mosaic MQ10-158 and Columbia CXK 66956
14 Autumn Leaves (J. Prevert-J. Mercer-J. Kosma) 12:05
15 I Fall in Love Too Easily (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 11:45
16 No Blues (M. Davis) 20:02

Incomplete (18:38) prior to Mosaic MQ10-158 and Columbia CXK 66956
17 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 0:28

Fourth set
18 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 14:20
19 All Blues (M. Davis) 12:24
20 Yesterdays (J. Kern-O. Harbach) 15:05

Incomplete (5:32) prior to Mosaic MQ10-158 and Columbia CXK 66956
21 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 5:03

Incomplete (4:14) prior to Mosaic MQ10-158 and Columbia CXK 66956


1 If I Were a Bell
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

2 Stella by Starlight
12" LP: CBS/Sony 18AP 2068, CBS/Sony 23AP 2568, CBS/Sony 25AP 291, Columbia C2 38266, Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Columbia CK 67377, Columbia CK 64616, , Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 2461, Sony SICP 4180/1, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

3 Walkin'
12" LP: CBS/Sony 18AP 2067, CBS/Sony 23AP 2567, CBS/Sony 25AP 1, Columbia C2 38266, Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Columbia CK 67377, CBS/Sony 32DP 723, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 2461, Sony SICP 4180/1, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

4 I Fall in Love Too Easily
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9754

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

6 All of You
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

7 Agitation
12" LP: CBS/Sony 18AP 2067, CBS/Sony 23AP 2567, CBS/Sony 25AP 1, Columbia C2 38266, Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, CBS/Sony 32DP 723, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SICP 4180/1, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

8 My Funny Valentine
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

9 On Green Dolphin Street
12" LP: CBS/Sony 18AP 2067, CBS/Sony 23AP 2567, CBS/Sony 25AP 1, Columbia C2 38266, Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: CBS/Sony 32DP 723, Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9754, Sony SICP 4180/1, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

10 So What
12" LP: CBS/Sony 18AP 2067, CBS/Sony 23AP 2567, CBS/Sony 25AP 1, Columbia C2 38266, Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Columbia CK 67377, CBS/Sony 32DP 723, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 2461, Sony SICP 4180/1, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

11 The Theme (with applause)
12" LP: CBS/Sony 18AP 2067, CBS/Sony 23AP 2567, CBS/Sony 25AP 1, Columbia C2 38266, Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, CBS/Sony 32DP 723, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SICP 4180/1, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

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

13 Milestones
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Columbia CK 67377, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 2461, Sony SRCS 9754

14 Autumn Leaves
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, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9754

17 The Theme (with applause)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158, Klimt MJJ349CLP
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9754

18 Stella by Starlight
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7

19 All Blues
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, , Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SICP 4180/1, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

20 Yesterdays
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 2461, Sony SICP 4180/1, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

21 The Theme (with applause)
12" LP: CBS/Sony 18AP 2068, CBS/Sony 23AP 2568, CBS/Sony 25AP 291, Columbia C2 38266, Mosaic MQ10-158
CD: Columbia CXK 66955, , Sony SRCS 5766/72, Sony SRCS 7351/7, Sony SRCS 9754, Sony SICP 4180/1, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922


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:

  • "I Fall in Love Too Easily" (first set) - add 1:07 to ts solo. Listen for clean edit at 5:34 of incomplete version.
  • "On Green Dolphin Street" (second set) - add 1:35 to tpt solo. Listen for audible splice at 2:23 of incomplete version.
  • "Milestones" (third set) - add 1:28 to ts solo. Listen for audible splice at 5:58 of incomplete version.
  • "No Blues" (third set) - add 1:30 to second tpt solo + ensemble. Listen for audible splice at 18:16 of incomplete version.
  • "Yesterdays" (fourth set) - add 1:06 to tpt solo; restore ts and p solos (8:21). Listen for audible splice at 5:03 of incomplete version.
  • "The Theme" (fourth set) - add 0:57 to tpt/ts dialogue. Listen for audible splice at 3:12 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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