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Miles Ahead session details

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October 23, 1971 (9 items; TT = 116:34)
Théâtre Nationale Populaire, Paris (France)
Soundboard recording (B+)

Miles Davis (tpt); Gary Bartz (ss, as); Keith Jarrett (el-p, org); Michael Henderson (el-b); Ndugu Leon Chancler (d); Charles Don Alias (cga, perc); James Mtume Forman (cga, perc)

1 Directions (J. Zawinul) 14:03

theme stated at 3:29 and 4:39
2 What I Say (M. Davis) 16:19
3 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 3:32
4 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 14:33
5 Yesternow (M. Davis) 15:38
6 Bitches Brew (M. Davis) 11:48
7 Honky Tonk (M. Davis) 15:31
8 Funky Tonk (M. Davis) 23:48

Incomplete (16:07) on Jazz Masters
9 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 1:22


2 What I Say
Video: ORTF-TV, Hot Chocolate HC-013, Crime Crew CCP DVD-011, Godnoes Productions Volume 1 (DVD-R)

3 Sanctuary
Video: ORTF-TV, Hot Chocolate HC-013, Crime Crew CCP DVD-011, Godnoes Productions Volume 1 (DVD-R)

4 It's About That Time
Video: ORTF-TV, Hot Chocolate HC-013, Crime Crew CCP DVD-011, Godnoes Productions Volume 1 (DVD-R)

5 Yesternow
Video: ORTF-TV, Hot Chocolate HC-013, Crime Crew CCP DVD-011, Godnoes Productions Volume 1 (DVD-R)

6 Bitches Brew
Video: ORTF-TV, Hot Chocolate HC-013, Crime Crew CCP DVD-011, Godnoes Productions Volume 1 (DVD-R)

7 Honky Tonk
Video: ORTF-TV, Hot Chocolate HC-013, Crime Crew CCP DVD-011, Godnoes Productions Volume 1 (DVD-R)

8 Funky Tonk
CD: Jazz Masters JM 006


Jazz Masters JM 006 includes an incomplete version of "Funky Tonk" (16:07), listed as "Masqualero" and dated February 21, 1970.

Excerpts of this concert are included in a 30 minute TV broadcast from ORTF, Jazz Session: Newport à Paris: producteurs délégués André Francis, Henri Renaud, et Bernard Lion; réalization Bernard Lion. The music is titled "Jack Johnson (suite)" and includes the following: "What I Say" (0:49) [voiceover introduction]; "Sanctuary" (3:47); "It's About That Time" (incomplete, 12:01) (splice); "Yesternow" (incomplete, 1:02); "Bitches Brew" (11:50); "Honky Tonk" (incomplete, 0:24) [credits].

All three of the performances at Théâtre Nationale Populaire were broadcast by ORTF. Produced by André Francis, they are listed in the archives as "Newport à Paris: premier concert de Miles Davis," "Newport à Paris: deuxième concert de Miles Davis," and "Newport à Paris: troisième concert de Miles Davis." Titles are not included in either the archive or in Francis's introductions. The music for the first broadcast (116 min) is listed as "Miles in Paris"; the second (80 min) is listed as "Open Rock Music"; the third (88 min) is listed as "Superfly in the sphere conditioned jungle."

Jack De Johnette left the Davis Sextet late in the summer, and Davis hired Leon Chancler as his replacement. The Sextet was booked for one night at the Saratoga (NY) Performing Arts Center (September 19), and made an extensive European tour in October-November with George Wein's "Newport Jazz Festival in Europe." The itinerary was as follows:

October 17: Kongress-Saal, Deutsches Museum, Munich (two concerts)
October 18: Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst, Frankfurt (two concerts)
October 19 (?) Stuttgart: Beethoven-Saal (two concerts)
October 21: Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Milan
October 22: Neue Stadthalle, Dietikon (two concerts)
October 23: Théâtre Nationale Populaire, Paris
October 26: Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
October 27: Théâtre Nationale Populaire, Paris (two concerts)
October 29: De Doelen, Rotterdam
November 3: Dom Sindikata, Belgrade
November 5: Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna
November 6: Philharmonie, Berlin
November 7: Universitets Aula, Uppsala
November 8: Tivoli Konsertsal, Copenhagen
November 9: Chateau Neuf, Oslo
November 12: Sartory Festsaal, Cologne
November 13: Royal Festival Hall, London (two concerts)
November 14: Teatro della Fenice, Venice
November 15: Palazzo dello Sport, Bologna
November 16: Palazzo dello Sport, Turin
November 20: Sports Pavilion, Cascais

Many of these concerts were recorded, though some are not complete. Thanks to Hans-Dieter Klinger for information about the concerts in Germany at the beginning of the tour.

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