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October 26, 1971 (8 items; TT = 82:01)
Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (Belgium)
Belgian Radio and Television (BRT) radio broadcast (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) 10:45

Theme stated at 2:46, 3:52
2 Honky Tonk (M. Davis) 12:19
3 What I Say (M. Davis) 12:46
4 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 3:06
5 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 12:36
6 Yesternow (M. Davis) 10:36

At 4:44 Davis plays with the repeating phrase that will become "Zimbabwe"; Henderson discards the characteristic "Yesternow" el-b vamp for a walking line under Bartz's solo (5:23-9:56)
7 Funky Tonk (M. Davis) 18:43
8 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 1:10

Several excerpts of this concert were broadcast by VARA:

  1. Directions (inc, 4:47)
  2. Honky Tonk (11:14)
  3. What I Say (inc, 3:14; Michiel De Ruyter voiceover 3:31-3:47)
  4. What I Say (inc, 0:14; conclusion of cga solo)
  5. Sanctuary (3:18)
  6. It's About That Time (9:36)
  7. Yesternow (11:07)
  8. Funky Tonk (14:47)
  9. Sanctuary Theme (1:14)

Jack De Johnette left the Davis Sextet late in the summer, and Davis hired Leon Chancler as his replacement. The Sextet 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: Thé√Ętre Nationale Populaire, Paris
October 26: Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
October 27: Thé√Ętre 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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