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Miles Ahead session details

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September 15-17, 1972 (5 items; TT = 47:08)
Paul's Mall, Boston MA
Audience recording (C)

Miles Davis (tpt); Carlos Garnett (ss); Reggie Lucas (g); Khalil Balakrishna (sitar); Cedric Lawson (keyb); Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d); James Mtume Forman (cga, perc); Badal Roy (tabla)

1 Chieftain (M. Davis) 10:16
2 Rated X (M. Davis) 7:10
3 Black Satin (M. Davis) 12:28
4 Right Off (M. Davis) 16:36
5 Sanctuary (closing theme, applause) (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 0:38


The Davis Nonet was booked at Paul's Mall from September 14-17 (Thursday-Sunday). The exact date for this set is uncertain, though it's probably not from the 14th, since there's another recording from that date broadcast by WBCN-FM.

"Chieftain" was first recorded in the studio on August 23. It is commonly performed in a medley with "Rated X" during this period. The transition occurs when Henderson begins the distinctive (and insistent) el-b vamp. I am grateful to Jim Szabo for discussion on these tunes.

The Davis Nonet was busy during this period: Paul's Mall, Boston (September 14-17); Spectrum, Philadelphia (September 23); Lincoln Center, New York (September 29); Stanford University Amphitheater, Palo Alto (October 1); Civic Theatre, San Diego (October 8).

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