Miles Ahead session details

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August 21, 1969 (16 items; TT = 74:16)
Columbia Studio B, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis Studio Group
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Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss); Bennie Maupin (bcl); John McLaughlin (g); Chick Corea (el-p); Josef Zawinul (el-p); Larry Young (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Harvey Brooks (el-b); Jack De Johnette (d); Lenny White (d); Charles Don Alias (d, perc); Jumma Santos [Jim Riley] (perc)

1 Spanish Key (take 1) (M. Davis) 4:12
2 Spanish Key (take 2) (M. Davis) 10:39
3 Spanish Key (take 3) (M. Davis) 7:43
4 Spanish Key (take 4) (M. Davis) 0:13
5 Spanish Key (take 5) (M. Davis) 17:32
6 Pharaoh's Dance (part 1 take 1) (J. Zawinul) 1:12
7 Pharaoh's Dance (part 1 take 2) (J. Zawinul) 1:48
8 Pharaoh's Dance (part 2 take 1) (J. Zawinul) 0:35
9 Pharaoh's Dance (part 2 take 2) (J. Zawinul) 2:25
10 Pharaoh's Dance (part 2 take 2) (J. Zawinul) 1:21
11 Pharaoh's Dance (part 2 take 4) (J. Zawinul) 1:36
12 Pharaoh's Dance (insert take 1) (J. Zawinul) 0:31
13 Pharaoh's Dance (insert take 2) (J. Zawinul) 0:58
14 Pharaoh's Dance (insert take 3) (J. Zawinul) 0:34
15 Pharaoh's Dance (insert take 4) (J. Zawinul) 2:53
16 Pharaoh's Dance (issued version) (J. Zawinul) 20:04


2 Spanish Key (take 2)
CD: Columbia 88697 70274, Columbia 88697 54519

5 Spanish Key (take 5)
45 rpm: Columbia 4-45171
12" LP: Columbia GP 26 (= CS 9996, PG 30977, GQ 30977), Music on Vinyl MOV LP020, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-439, Columbia CAS 42193 (12" single), 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 C2K 65774, Columbia C4K 65570, Columbia C4K 90924, Columbia CK 65449, Columbia 88697 70274, Columbia 88697 54519, CBS/Sony 50DP 703/4, CBS/Sony CSCS 5151/52, Sony SRCS 9118/9, Sony 8837/40, Sony SICP 669/72, Sony SRCS 9714/5, Sony SIGP 20/1, Sony SICP 834/5, Sony SICP 1220/1

16 Pharaoh's Dance (issued version)
12" LP: Columbia GP 26 (= CS 9996, PG 30977, GQ 30977), Music on Vinyl MOV LP020, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-439, 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 C2K 65774, Columbia C4K 65570, Columbia C4K 90924, Columbia 88697 70274, Columbia 88697 54519, CBS/Sony 50DP 703/4, CBS/Sony CSCS 5151/52, Sony SRCS 9118/9, Sony 8837/40, Sony SICP 669/72, Sony SRCS 9714/5, Sony SIGP 20/1, Sony SICP 834/5, Sony SICP 1220/1


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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