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Miles Ahead session details

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December 8, 1972 (7 items; TT = 78:34)
Columbia Studio E, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia

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

1 Billy Preston (take 1) (M. Davis) 20:37
2 Billy Preston (take 8) (M. Davis) 9:25
3 Billy Preston (take 9) (M. Davis) 3:08
4 Billy Preston (take 10) (M. Davis) 14:56
5 Billy Preston (issued version) (M. Davis) 12:34
6 Up (take 1) (M. Davis) 4:47
7 Up (take 2) (M. Davis) 13:07


5 Billy Preston (issued version)
12" LP: Columbia KG 33236, CBS/Sony SOPJ 90/1, CBS/Sony 28AP 2163/4, CBS/Sony 36AP 1783/4
CD: Columbia C2K 63970, Columbia C2K 63970, Columbia Legacy C6K 06239, CBS/Sony 50DP 712/3, Sony SRCS 5726/7, Sony SRCS 9126/7, Sony SRCS 9741/2, Sony SIGP 22/3, Sony SICP 848/9, Sony SICP 1228/9, Sony SICP 20065/6, Sony SICP 30272/3, Sony SICP 1581/6, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922


Soon after returning to New York in October, Davis broke both legs in an automobile accident (October 19). This kept him off the road until January, but there were several studio sessions in November-December.

Bill Laswell's Panthalassa (Columbia CK 67909, Sony SRCS 8457) includes a 8:30 remix of some of the "Billy Preston" material.

In June 2014 a reference recording including material from this session was sold on eBay. One side of the acetate includes take 10 of "Billy Preston" (14:40); the other side includes an unknown title (5:40), not included in the items listed here.

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