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Miles Ahead session details

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March 3, 1970 (7 items; TT = 78:03)
Columbia Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Show chatter

Miles Davis (tpt); Steve Grossman (ss); John McLaughlin (g); Dave Holland (b, el-b); Jack De Johnette (d)

1 Archie Moore (M. Davis) 4:44
2 Go Ahead John (part 1) (M. Davis) 13:06

An excerpt (2:32) is listed as "The Little Blue Frog" on CBS (F) 450472. Undecipherable comment by Davis as tune winds down
3 Go Ahead John (part 2a) (M. Davis) 7:00
4 Go Ahead John (part 2b) (M. Davis) 10:06
5 Go Ahead John (part 2c) (M. Davis) 3:38
6 Go Ahead John (part 1 remake) (M. Davis) 11:06
7 Go Ahead John (issued composite) (M. Davis) 28:23


1 Archie Moore
CD: Columbia C5K 86359, Columbia C5K 90926, Sony SICP 431/5

2 Go Ahead John (part 1)
CD: Columbia C5K 86359, Columbia C5K 90926, Sony SICP 431/5

3 Go Ahead John (part 2a)
CD: Columbia C5K 86359, Columbia C5K 90926, Sony SICP 431/5

4 Go Ahead John (part 2b)
CD: Columbia C5K 86359, Columbia C5K 90926, Sony SICP 431/5

5 Go Ahead John (part 2c)
CD: Columbia C5K 86359, Columbia C5K 90926, Sony SICP 431/5

6 Go Ahead John (part 1 remake)
CD: Columbia C5K 86359, Columbia C5K 90926, Sony SICP 431/5

7 Go Ahead John (issued composite)
12" LP: CBS/Sony SOPW 5/6, CBS/Sony SOPW 5/6, CBS/Sony 20AP 1779/10, CBS/Sony 28AP 2159/60, CBS/Sony 36AP 1779/80, Columbia PG 32866
CD: Columbia C2K 63973, Columbia C5K 86359, Columbia C5K 90926, CBS/Sony 50DP 705/6, Sony SRCS 5713/4, Sony SRSC 9322/3, Sony SRCS 9737/8, Sony SICP 836/7, Sony SICP 431/5, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922


The issued version of "Go Ahead John" is heavily edited from the raw materials listed above. Here is a rough guide:

Go Ahead John 00:00-01:39 = Part 2b (0:17-1:57)
Go Ahead John 01:39-06:31 = Part 2b (3:49-8:40)
Go Ahead John 06:31-11:51 = Part 2a + Part 2c (simultaneously)
Go Ahead John 11:46-24:23 = Part 1 + Part 1 remake (simultaneously)
Go Ahead John 24:21-28:23 = Unknown part*

* The closing four minutes of "Go Ahead John" is not from part 2b, pace the liner notes to Columbia Legacy C5K 86359. The unedited raw materials for this section of the issued track are not included in the set, and I cannot determine their source.

In addition to splices, crossfades, and other editing tricks, Teo Macero used devices to alter the stereo spectrum (part 1) and to loop solos (part 2), etc. The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (Columbia C5K 86359) includes only the raw materials; the original appears on Columbia PC 32866 and equivalents. In the chart above, overlapping times reflect the crossfades used on some of the transitions, and discrepancies in durations reflect small differences in analog tape speed.

The Davis Sextet maintained a busy touring schedule throughout this period: Schwab Auditorium, Pennsylvania State University (February 14); Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor (February 21); Fillmore East, New York (March 6-7); Fillmore West, San Francisco (April 9-12); Both/And Club, San Francisco (April 28).

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