Miles Ahead session details

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March 6, 1970 (14 items; TT = 87:56)
Fillmore East, New York NY
Soundboard recording (B+)
Miles Davis Sextet

Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts, ss); Chick Corea (el-p); Dave Holland (b, el-b); Jack De Johnette (d); Airto Moreira (perc)

First concert
1 Band warming up 0:28
2 Directions (J. Zawinul) 8:02

Theme stated at 1:40
3 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (M. Davis) 13:10
4 I Fall in Love Too Easily (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 2:36
5 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 3:13
6 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 14:18
7 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 0:30

Second concert
8 Band warming up 0:28
9 Directions (J. Zawinul) 9:21

Theme stated at 1:17
10 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (M. Davis) 14:57
11 I Fall in Love Too Easily (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 1:30
12 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 2:58
13 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 14:28
14 The Theme (with applause, announcement) (M. Davis) 1:57


3 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
CD: Electric Blue EB 004

4 I Fall in Love Too Easily
CD: Electric Blue EB 004

5 Sanctuary
CD: Electric Blue EB 004

6 It's About That Time
CD: Electric Blue EB 004


The Davis Sextet opened for Neil Young and Crazy Horse and The Steve Miller Blues Band for two nights at the Fillmore East, March 6-7 (Friday-Saturday). There were two shows each night. Columbia recorded both nights, but this show remains unissued. This two-night gig is Wayne Shorter's last as a member of the Sextet. (He did remain with Davis for a studio date on March 17.)

Between these two shows Bill Graham brought in a Sabrett hot dog vendor off the street to feed the bands, the crew, and some members of the audience.

An off-speed excerpt (12:32) from the middle of the second concert circulates as an "unknown 1970" session (issued on Electric Blue EB 006). It includes:

  1. Applause (0:22 - spliced in, only a few seconds in original)
  2. Fragment (4:02) of Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (= 10:32-14:56 of master)
  3. I Fall in Love Too Easily (1:29)
  4. Fragment (1:25) of Sanctuary
  5. Fragment (3:21) of Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (= 0:08-3:29 of master)
  6. Fragment (1:52) of It's About That Time (= 2:50-4:42 of master)

Both concerts are available at Wolfgang's Vault (http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/). The version of the second show offered there does not include "I Fall in Love Too Easily" or "Sanctuary."

The Davis Sextet maintained a busy touring schedule throughout this period: 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). In addition to all this touring, Davis had various groups in the studio throughout the first half of 1970 -- fourteen dates in the first half of the year!

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