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Miles Ahead session details

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May 16, 1967 (2 items; TT = 12:44)
Columbia Studio B, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia

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

1 Limbo (take 10) (W. Shorter) 7:12
2 Vonetta (take 12) (W. Shorter) 5:32


1 Limbo (take 10)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2732 (= CS 9532), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-45435, Nippon Columbia YS-952, CBS/Sony SONP 50185, CBS/Sony SOPL 166, CBS/Sony 18AP 2070, CBS/Sony 23AP 2570, CBS/Sony 25AP 766, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 52974, Columbia CK 65680, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2145, CBS/Sony 32DP 725, Sony SRCS 5708, Sony SRCS 9115, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9735, Sony SIGP 27, Sony SICP 828, Sony SICP 1217, Sony SICP 20081, Sony SICP 30264, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

2 Vonetta (take 12)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2732 (= CS 9532), Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-45435, Nippon Columbia YS-952, CBS/Sony SONP 50185, CBS/Sony SOPL 166, CBS/Sony 18AP 2070, CBS/Sony 23AP 2570, CBS/Sony 25AP 766, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 52974, Columbia CK 65680, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2145, CBS/Sony 32DP 725, Sony SRCS 5708, Sony SRCS 9115, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9735, Sony SIGP 27, Sony SICP 828, Sony SICP 1217, Sony SICP 20081, Sony SICP 30264, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922


"Limbo" is a remake of a tune recorded in Hollywood on May 9. This version -- with Carter replacing Buster Williams -- has a much looser and more relaxed feel to it, but the solos, especially Davis's, are more focused.

"Vonetta" is listed as "Venetta" on the track sheet for this session, and the issued version (take 12) is the only complete take.

This is the first of several New York studio sessions during May-July 1967. These sessions allowed the Quintet to develop new repertoire centered around original compositions. Only a few of these tunes -- e.g. "Masqualero," "Nefertiti," and "Riot" -- became staples of the Quintet's live performances, however.

After returning from the west coast in mid-May, the Quintet was booked at the Village Vanguard (June 2-4), then went to the Village Gate (July 4-16 opposite Dizzy Gillespie, and August 15-27 opposite Ornette Coleman). They also played at The Watts Summer Festival, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, on August 21-22.

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