Miles Ahead session details

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January 12, 1973 (4 items; TT = 26:02)
Village East, New York NY
Film (C)
Miles Davis Nonet

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

1 Rated X (M. Davis) 10:33
2 The Hen (M. Davis) 5:21
3 Right Off (M. Davis) 10:03
4 Honky Tonk (incomplete) (M. Davis) 0:05


1 Rated X
CD: Kind of Blue KOB 005
Video: Prince of Darkness (film)

2 The Hen
CD: Kind of Blue KOB 005
Video: Prince of Darkness (film)

3 Right Off
CD: Kind of Blue KOB 005
Video: Prince of Darkness (film)

4 Honky Tonk (incomplete)
CD: Kind of Blue KOB 005
Video: Prince of Darkness (film)


Davis broke both legs in an automobile accident on October 19, 1972 (NYT report). This kept him off the road until these Village Gate appearances in mid-January, but there were several studio sessions in November-December.

This concert excerpt was issued in Teppei Inokuchi's film, Prince of Darkness (1974). I have been unable to find a more complete recording.

Kind of Blue 005 is clearly a dub of the audio track of this film. In addition, the CD includes six "Tribute to Miles" tracks by various Davis alumni -- Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, John Scofield, Marcus Miller, among others -- that were done for American Public Radio's 1990 Miles Davis Radio Project.

Despite Davis's immobility, the group continued its live bookings: Village East, New York (January 12-13); Toronto (January 24); Michigan State University Auditorium, East Lansing (January 26); Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis (January 28); Tower Theatre, Philadelphia (March 2). There were also apparently a number of Columbia studio sessions during February, but none of the music from these sessions has surfaced.

Davis was arrested on February 23 on weapons charges.

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