Miles Ahead session details

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June 7, 1967 (9 items; TT = 32:52)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis Quintet
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Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d)

1 Water Babies (rehearsal) (W. Shorter) 1:25
2 Water Babies (take 1 inc) (W. Shorter) 1:27
3 Water Babies (take 2 inc) (W. Shorter) 2:09
4 Water Babies (take 3 inc) (W. Shorter) 3:21
5 Water Babies (take 4) (W. Shorter) 5:21
6 Nefertiti (take 1) (W. Shorter) 5:02
7 Nefertiti (take 2) (W. Shorter) 5:48
8 Nefertiti (take 3 fs) (W. Shorter) 0:12
9 Nefertiti (take 4) (W. Shorter) 8:07


1 Water Babies (rehearsal)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

2 Water Babies (take 1 inc)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

3 Water Babies (take 2 inc)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

4 Water Babies (take 3 inc)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

5 Water Babies (take 4)
12" LP: Columbia PC 34396, Columbia C5X 45000, CBS/Sony 18AP 2072, CBS/Sony 23AP 2572, CBS/Sony 25AP 314, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, Columbia 88985 35737, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, CBS/Sony 32DP 727, Sony SRCS 5710, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 9307, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9736, Sony SICP 831

6 Nefertiti (take 1)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

7 Nefertiti (take 2)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

8 Nefertiti (take 3 fs)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

9 Nefertiti (take 4)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2794 (= CS 9594), Music on Vinyl MOV LP031, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-45436, CBS/Sony SONP 50186, CBS/Sony SONP 52049, CBS/Sony SOPL 167, CBS/Sony 18AP 2071, CBS/Sony 23AP 2571, CBS/Sony 25AP 767, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 46113, Columbia CK 65681, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, Columbia CK 65945, Columbia C2K 85475, Columbia 88985 35737, CBS/Sony 32DP 726, CBS/Sony CSCS 5149, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 6841, Sony SRCS 7218, Sony SRCS 9116, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9747, Sony SRCS 2230, Sony SRCS 2493/4, Sony SRGS 4521, Sony SICP 829, Sony SICP 1218


This is another in the ongoing series of 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 -- "Masqualero," "Nefertiti," and "Riot" -- became staples of the Quintet's live performances, however.

"Nefertiti" remained in the live book until late 1969, although it was performed very sporadically. Chick Corea and Dave Holland took it with them when they left Davis in 1970 to form Circle. "Water Babies" -- whose original title was "Blues for Teo," according to the track sheet from this session -- was not issued by Columbia until 1976, by which time Shorter's own remake of it on his Super Nova (Blue Note BST-84332, recorded in August 1969) was familiar.

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).

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