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Miles Ahead session details

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November 28, 1969 (4 items; TT = 31:22)
Columbia Studio E, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
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Miles Davis (tpt); Steve Grossman (ss); Bennie Maupin (bcl); Herbie Hancock (el-p); Larry Young (org, celeste); Chick Corea (el-p); John McLaughlin (g); Khalil Balakrishna (sitar); Bihari Sharma (tabla, tamboura); Dave Holland (b); Harvey Brooks (el-b); Jack De Johnette (d); Billy Cobham (d, perc); Airto Moreira (perc)

1 Trevere (take 5) (M. Davis) 6:07
2 The Big Green Serpent (M. Davis) 3:38
3 The Little Blue Frog (alt) (M. Davis) 12:24
4 The Little Blue Frog (master) (M. Davis) 9:13


1 Trevere (take 5)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ6-183
CD: Columbia C4K 65570, Columbia C4K 90924, Columbia C2K 63973, Sony 8837/40, Sony SICP 669/72, Sony SRCS 9737/8, Sony SICP 836/7, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922

2 The Big Green Serpent
12" LP: Mosaic MQ6-183
CD: Columbia C4K 65570, Columbia C4K 90924, Sony 8837/40, Sony SICP 669/72

3 The Little Blue Frog (alt)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ6-183
CD: Columbia C4K 65570, Columbia C4K 90924, Sony 8837/40, Sony SICP 669/72

4 The Little Blue Frog (master)
45 rpm: Columbia 4-45090
12" LP: Mosaic MQ6-183
CD: Columbia C4K 65570, Columbia C4K 90924, Columbia C2K 63973, Sony 8837/40, Sony SICP 669/72, Sony SRCS 9737/8, Sony SICP 836/7, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922


The item listed as "The Little Blue Frog" on CBS (F) 450472 (2:32) is really an excerpt of "Go Ahead John," recorded on March 3, 1970.

While larger groups were recording new compositions in the studio, the Davis Quintet (and, after the addition of Airto Moreira in mid-December, the Sextet) was booked at several venues on the east coast: Colonial Tavern, Toronto (December 1-6: Sonny Greenwich is alleged to have joined the Quintet on at least one of these nights!); Village Gate, New York (December 12-13, 19-20, January 2-3, 6-10); Cellar Door, Washington (January 12-17); Spectrum, Philadelphia (January 18).

Wayne Shorter did not make this date (his daughter was born during the Quintet's European tour in October-November); Davis replaced him with Steve Grossman, who would join for good in early 1970. Thanks to Pat Buzby for help with this session, and to Bob Elliot for sharing the advertisement from the Toronto Star.

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