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Miles Ahead session details

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May 16, 1968 (2 items; TT = 13:47)
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 Black Comedy (take 2) (T. Williams) 6:24
2 Black Comedy (new take 12) (T. Williams) 7:23


1 Black Comedy (take 2)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, Columbia CK 65684, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9711, Sony SICP 830, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

2 Black Comedy (new take 12)
12" LP: Columbia CS 9628, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-45437, CBS/Sony SONP 50023, CBS/Sony SONZ 54014, CBS/Sony SOPL 168, CBS/Sony 18AP 2073, CBS/Sony 23AP 2573, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 48954, Columbia CK 65684, Columbia C6K 67398, Columbia C6K 90925, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2147, CBS/Sony 32DP 728, Sony SRCS 5711, Sony SRCS 9305, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9711, Sony SICP 830, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922


According to the track sheets for this session the original title for "Black Comedy" was "Riverside." Although the Quintet devoted more than forty minutes to this tune, the two takes listed here are the only complete ones. Williams seems much more tentative on the alternate take 2 released in the Quintet box (Mosaic MQ10-177, Columbia C6K 67398). By the time he gets to the master take 12 he is playing with his typical effervescent brashness. Vintage Tony Williams!

In addition to its busy studio schedule (six dates in just over a month), the Quintet was also busy with live dates, including the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis (May 26), Showboat Lounge, Philadelphia (May 29-June 5), Village Gate, New York (July 16-28), the Laurel Jazz Festival (August 2), the New York Jazz Festival at Randall's Island (August 17), Peyton Place, Baltimore (September 17-22), Chicago's Plugged Nickel Club (September 25-29), UCLA's Royce Hall (October 5), Las Lomas High School Auditorium, Walnut Creek (October 6), San Francisco's Both/And Club (October 8-20), Shelly's Manne-Hole (October 22-November 3).

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