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October 29, 1971 (8 items; TT = 73:03)
De Doelen, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
AVRO 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 (incomplete) (J. Zawinul) 8:05

Theme stated at 0:13, 1:42. Incomplete (4:48) on Mega Disc
2 Honky Tonk (M. Davis) 11:10
3 What I Say (M. Davis) 13:53

Incomplete (1:08) on Mega Disc
4 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 3:17
5 It's About That Time (M. Davis) 9:29
6 Yesternow (M. Davis) 10:59
7 Funky Tonk (M. Davis) 14:37
8 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause, announcement) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 1:33


1 Directions (incomplete)
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

2 Honky Tonk
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

3 What I Say
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

4 Sanctuary
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

5 It's About That Time
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

6 Yesternow
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

7 Funky Tonk
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029

8 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause, announcement)
CD: Mega Disc Legendary 1029


Beginning with a splice at 1:45 of "It's About That Time," one of the extant masters is marred by FM ghosting throughout. Another master, also from a broadcast, is less complete but sonically better:

  1. Introduction (0:31)
  2. Directions (inc, 4:45)
  3. Honky Tonk (11:06)
  4. What I Say (inc, 1:56, with voiceover)
  5. Sanctuary (3:15)
  6. It's About That Time (9:29)
  7. Yesternow (inc, 10:59)
  8. Funky Tonk (14:37)
  9. Sanctuary (closing theme, applause, and announcement, 1:33)

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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