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Miles Ahead session details

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August 20, 1969 (11 items; TT = 53:40)
Columbia Studio B, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
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Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss); Bennie Maupin (bcl); John McLaughlin (g); Chick Corea (el-p); Josef Zawinul (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Harvey Brooks (el-b); Jack De Johnette (d); Lenny White (d); Charles Don Alias (d); Jumma Santos [Jim Riley] (perc)

1 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (rehearsal) (M. Davis) 0:35
2 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (take 1) (M. Davis) 2:43
3 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (take 2) (M. Davis) 3:48
4 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (take 3) (M. Davis) 1:39
5 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (take 4) (M. Davis) 4:12
6 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (take 5) (M. Davis) 3:59
7 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (take 6) (M. Davis) 6:07
8 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (take 7) (M. Davis) 9:34
9 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (take 8) (M. Davis) 3:08
10 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (take 9 (inc)) (M. Davis) 3:53
11 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (take 9) (M. Davis) 14:02

Edited (2:48) on Columbia 45171 and CSK 41598


11 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (take 9)
45 rpm: Columbia 4-45171, Columbia 88725 473257 SV
12" LP: Columbia GP 26 (= CS 9996, PG 30977, GQ 30977), Music on Vinyl MOV LP020, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-439, Columbia C5X 45000, CBS/Sony SONP 50255/6, CBS/Sony SOPL 24/5, CBS/Sony SOPJ 58/9, CBS/Sony 28AP 2151/2, CBS/Sony 36AP 1771/2, Mosaic MQ6-183, Columbia 88697 70274-2
CD: Columbia C2K 40577, Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia C2K 65774, Columbia C4K 65570, Columbia C4K 90924, Columbia C2K 85475, Columbia 88697 70274, Columbia 88697 54519, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2149, CBS/Sony 50DP 703/4, CBS/Sony CSCS 5151/52, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Sony SRCS 9118/9, Sony 8837/40, Sony SICP 669/72, Sony SRCS 9714/5, Sony SRCS 2493/4, Sony SIGP 20/1, Sony SICP 834/5, Sony SICP 1220/1, SICJ 10008/9, Sony SICP 20002/3, Sony SICP 30267/8, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922


The music that does not appear on Bitches Brew is included on the bootleg CDs Deep Brew, Volume 1 and Deep Brew, Volume 2 (Mega Disc) and Unreleased Bitches Brew Session (So What (CDR) SW-146/47). Part 4 of "Bitches Brew" ended up as "John McLaughlin."

The tapes of these sessions contain a large number of gaps, the result of Teo Macero's editing and post-production. Apparently on this occasion Macero worked directly from the master tapes, not from safety copies; as a result there are no extant "complete" recordings of these sessions. For the details, consult Enrico Merlin and Veniero Rizzardi's Bitches Brew: Genesi del capolavaro di Miles Davis (Milano: Il Saggiatori, 2009), which carefully analyzes the issued recording and all available unused studio material.

The Davis Quintet maintained a busy touring schedule during this time: Rutgers University Stadium, New Brunswick (July 27); Village Gate (July 29-August 10); Sheraton Park Hotel, French Lick (French Lick Jazz Festival) (July 31); The Spectrum, Philadelphia (August 15); Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis (August 16); Grant Park Theater, Chicago (August 22); Crosley Field, Cincinnati (Ohio Jazz Festival) (August 23); Shelly's Manne-Hole, Los Angeles (September 9-21).

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