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Miles Ahead session details

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December 5-8, 1968 (8 items; TT = 70:51)
Jazz Workshop, Boston MA
Audience recording (C)

Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss, ts); Chick Corea (el-p); Wynton Kelly (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Tony Williams (d)

First fragment
1 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 11:07
2 The Theme (M. Davis) 0:09

Second fragment
3 So What (incomplete) (M. Davis) 10:48

Missing first measure; cut off at end

Third fragment
4 Agitation (incomplete) (M. Davis) 7:00

Missing first measures
5 Walkin' (incomplete) (R. Carpenter) 7:35

Cut off during closing chorus

Fourth fragment
6 Walkin' (incomplete) (R. Carpenter) 13:25

Missing first measures

Fifth fragment
7 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 14:30

Add Kelly (el-p)
8 Directions (incomplete) (J. Zawinul) 6:17

Theme stated at 0:17. Cut off mid-Shorter ts solo

Given the titles, the music is probably from at least two different nights. The Davis Quintet was booked for four nights at the Jazz Workshop, December 5-8.

Following this date at the Jazz Workshop, the Quintet played a week (December 9-14) at the Black Bottom Club in Montreal, where Stanley Cowell was added on acoustic piano. These were Tony Williams's last live gigs with the Quintet. He remained with Davis through the February 18 In a Silent Way session. Although he was originally slated to accompany the Quintet on a Japanese tour in January 1969, the tour was canceled due to trouble with Japanese immigration officials. Jack De Johnette replaced Williams for good in late February 1969.

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