Miles Ahead session details

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May 21, 1970 (4 items; TT = 40:24)
Columbia Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis Studio Group
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Miles Davis (tpt); Keith Jarrett (el-p); John McLaughlin (g); Jack De Johnette (d); Airto Moreira (perc)

1 Konda (M. Davis) 16:30

Edited (14:08) prior to Columbia C5K 86359 and equivalents
2 Konda (take 5) (M. Davis) 3:49
3 Konda (take 6 (inc)) (M. Davis) 5:17

Davis out
4 Konda (unknown take) (M. Davis) 14:48

This is a differently-mixed composite take, similar to the edited version originally issued on Columbia and CBS/Sony


1 Konda
12" LP: Columbia KC2 36474, CBS/Sony 38AP 2017/8
CD: Columbia C5K 86359, Columbia C5K 90926, CBS/Sony CSCS 5135/6, Sony SRCS 9310/1, Sony SRCS 9761/2, Sony SICP 431/5


"Konda" is pieced together from five sections, including the two short takes listed above. The full version on C5K 86359 begins with a electric piano introduction that was omitted from previously issued versions.

Davis had various groups in the studio throughout the first half of 1970 -- fourteen dates in the first half of the year! Some of the music recorded in the studio during this period -- e.g. "Willie Nelson," "Honky Tonk," "The Mask" -- was immediately added to the live book.

The Davis Septet (with Corea and Jarrett on keyboards) was busy in the summer: Fillmore East, New York (June 17-20); Hampton Roads Coliseum (July 3); Central Park, New York (July 6); Randall's Island, New York (July 19); Madison Square Garden, New York (July 25); Shea Stadium, New York (?) (August 6); SUNY Stony Brook (August 16); Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood (August 18). At the end of the summer the Septet played at the Isle of Wight Festival (August 29).

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