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Miles Ahead session details

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February 15, 1968 (3 items; TT = 17:18)
Columbia Studio B, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
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Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); George Benson (g); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d)

1 Sanctuary (take 7) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 8:48
2 Side Car I (remake take 12) (M. Davis) 4:58
3 Side Car II (new take 5) (M. Davis) 3:32


1 Sanctuary (take 7)
12" LP: Columbia KC2 36278, CBS/Sony 36AP 1409/10, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia C2K 46862, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, CBS/Sony CSCS 5340/1, Sony SRCS 9308/9, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9759/60

2 Side Car I (remake take 12)
12" LP: Columbia KC2 36278, CBS/Sony 36AP 1409/10, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia C2K 46862, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, CBS/Sony CSCS 5340/1, Sony SRCS 9308/9, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9759/60, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

3 Side Car II (new take 5)
12" LP: Columbia KC2 36278, CBS/Sony 36AP 1409/10, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia C2K 46862, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, CBS/Sony CSCS 5340/1, Sony SRCS 9308/9, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9759/60, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922


The issued version of "Sanctuary" is sparer and less keening than the one recorded during the August 19 Bitches Brew session. Two other complete takes were recorded during this session.

Roman numerals were added to "Sidecar I" and Sidecar II" when they were issued on Circle in the Round in 1979. Like "Fun" recorded on January 12, "Sidecar" proved to be a difficult tune. On February 13 the group devoted more than 40 minutes to the tune, which yielded only one complete take, which was rejected. The issued remakes from this session are from another half hour of recording, most of which was spent in rehearsal.

The next day, Davis, Hancock, Carter, and Williams joined Gil Evans in Columbia's 30th Street Studio to record Evans's "Falling Water."

After this the Quintet resumed touring: Village Gate, New York (February 16-17); Bohemian Caverns, Washington (February 28-March 2: a review suggests that "Paul Chambers has rejoined the quintet"); Village Gate (March 8-9). The Quintet (with Marshall Hawkins subbing for Carter) headed west for two weeks at Shelly's Manne-Hole, Los Angeles (March 19-31), and an engagement at the Both/And Club, San Francisco (early April). During this time they also performed at the University of California Jazz Festival at the Greek Theatre, Berkeley (April 19). They were joined on several numbers by a variation on this version of the Evans Orchestra. The concert may have been recorded by Columbia, but so far it has not surfaced. According to Jan Lohmann, the Quintet performed "Agitation," "Footprints," "'Round Midnight," "Nefertiti," and "Gingerbread Boy," and were joined by the Evans Orchestra for three numbers: an unknown title, "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman," and "Antigua." After a return to New York, the Quintet played at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis (May 26).

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