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Miles Ahead session details

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January 12, 1968 (5 items; TT = 12:07)
Columbia Studio B, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia

Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); John Paul "Bucky" Pizzarelli (g); Herbie Hancock (el-p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d)

1 Fun (take 12 (inc)) (M. Davis) 2:11

Pizzarelli out; Davis tpt solo 2:03-2:07 before breakdown
2 Fun (take 21 (inc)) (M. Davis) 0:53

Davis tpt solo 0:27-0:53 before breakdown
3 Fun (take 28) (M. Davis) 4:09
4 Fun (take 30 (inc)) (M. Davis) 0:48

Rhythm section only
5 Fun (take 28/16/30) (M. Davis) 4:06

5 Fun (take 28/16/30)
12" LP: Columbia KC2 36474, CBS/Sony 38AP 2017/8, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, CBS/Sony CSCS 5135/6, Sony SRCS 9310/1, Sony SRCS 9759/60, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9761/2, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

The version of "Fun" included on the Quintet box (Mosaic MQ10-177, Columbia C6K 67398) is slightly different from the original issued on Directions (Columbia KC2 36474, released 1981). The original version replaces an eight-measure piece at the end of Shorter's tenor saxophone solo (2:44-2:56) with an excerpt of the opening theme (0:16-0:28); in the newer version Shorter's solo is intact. The issued "Fun" is a composite:

0:00-2:43 Take 28, 0:00-2:43
2:43-2:55 Take 16, 0:41-0:53
2:55-3:19 Take 28, 2:54-3:19
3:19-4:04 Take 30, 0:16-1:01

"Fun" proved to be a very difficult tune. The day before this session, this group devoted more than an hour to it, and all 38 takes were rejected. At this session almost 45 minutes of recording yielded only one complete take, only parts of which were used to compile the issued take.

Joe Beck is wrongly listed on guitar on Columbia KC2 36474 and equivalents. Hancock plays RMI Electra Piano, not electric harpsichord as stated in the Mosaic notes. Thanks to Frederik Adlers for help identifying the keyboards. And thanks to Luciano Alderigi for additional help with this session.

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