Miles Ahead session details

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July 19, 1967 (12 items; TT = 39:38)
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 Fall (rehearsal) (W. Shorter) 4:31
2 Fall (take 1 inc) (W. Shorter) 0:51
3 Fall (take 2 inc) (W. Shorter) 3:01
4 Fall (take 3) (W. Shorter) 7:42
5 Fall (insert 1, take 1) (W. Shorter) 0:20
6 Fall (insert 1, take 2) (W. Shorter) 0:51
7 Fall (insert 1, take 3) (W. Shorter) 1:53
8 Fall (insert 1, take 4) (W. Shorter) 0:30
9 Fall (take 5) (W. Shorter) 6:47
10 Pinocchio (slow rehearsal take) (W. Shorter) 5:06
11 Pinocchio (take 4 (fast)) (W. Shorter) 5:05
12 Riot (take 3) (H. Hancock) 3:01


1 Fall (rehearsal)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

2 Fall (take 1 inc)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

3 Fall (take 2 inc)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

4 Fall (take 3)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

5 Fall (insert 1, take 1)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

6 Fall (insert 1, take 2)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

7 Fall (insert 1, take 3)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

8 Fall (insert 1, take 4)
CD: Columbia 88985 35737

9 Fall (take 5)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2794 (= CS 9594), Music on Vinyl MOV LP031, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-45436, Columbia C5X 45000, CBS/Sony SONP 50186, CBS/Sony SONP 52049, CBS/Sony SOPL 167, CBS/Sony 18AP 2071, CBS/Sony 23AP 2571, CBS/Sony 25AP 767, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 46113, Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia CK 65681, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, Columbia 88985 35737, CBS/Sony 32DP 726, CBS/Sony CSCS 5149, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Sony SRCS 9116, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9747, Sony SRGS 4521, Sony SICP 829, Sony SICP 1218

10 Pinocchio (slow rehearsal take)
12" LP: Columbia C5X 45000, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Columbia CK 65681, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9747, Sony SRGS 4521, Sony SICP 829, Sony SICP 1218

11 Pinocchio (take 4 (fast))
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, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 46113, Columbia CK 65681, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, CBS/Sony 32DP 726, CBS/Sony CSCS 5149, Sony SRCS 9116, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9747, Sony SRGS 4521, Sony SICP 829, Sony SICP 1218

12 Riot (take 3)
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, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 46113, Columbia CK 65681, Columbia CK 65945, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, CBS/Sony 32DP 726, CBS/Sony CSCS 5149, Sony SRCS 9116, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9747, Sony SRGS 4521, Sony SICP 829, Sony SICP 1218


This is the last of the 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.

"Riot" entered the live book immediately, and Davis continued to perform it sporadically until late 1969. Hancock and Carter recorded it, along with "The Sorcerer" and "Speak Like a Child," for Hancock's Blue Note album Speak Like a Child (recorded March 1968).

In the discography included in the Quintet box (Mosaic MQ10-177, Columbia C6K-67398), "Fall" is wrongly listed as a composite of takes 3 and 5. The issued version includes take 5 only.

The Quintet was booked for most of July-August at the Village Gate in New York (July 4-16 opposite Dizzy Gillespie, and August 15-27 opposite Ornette Coleman). They played at the Laurel Jazz Festival on September 1, then spent two weeks at the Both/And Club in San Francisco (September 5-17, with Buster Williams on bass). They also performed at the Pacific Jazz Festival in Costa Mesa with Don Plummer on bass (October 6). Afterwards two weeks in Europe as part of the "Newport Jazz Festival in Europe" tour. Dizzy Gillespie was also on the bill.

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