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Miles Ahead session details

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April 5, 1973 (2 items; TT = 34:20)
Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA
Audience recording (B-)

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

1 Ife (M. Davis) 24:42
2 Zimbabwe (incomplete) (M. Davis) 9:38

1 Ife
CD: Electric Blue EB 003

2 Zimbabwe (incomplete)
CD: Electric Blue EB 003

This is the first appearance of "Zimbabwe," a signature tune of this period but not included on any commercial recording until Pangaea (CBS/Sony SOPX 96/7) in 1976. "Ife" had by now morphed into its more familiar simple form, based throughout on a four-note riff.

Although the quality of this tape precludes definite identification of personnel, a contemporary review lists the musicians above. The Davis Tentet played two 40+ minute sets on this date.

Davis replaced Cedric Lawson with Lonnie Liston Smith sometime in February or March, before leaving New York for a tour of Canada and several U.S. cities: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vancouver (March 30); Paramount Theatre, Portland (April 4), Paramount Theatre, Seattle (April 5); Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (April 6); Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke University (April 12); Crampton Auditorium, Washington (April 13); Greek Theatre, Berkeley (April 26); Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica (May 1); Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles (May 2); Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca (May 4); Pine Knob Musical Theatre, Detroit (June 9).

I'm grateful to Mark Freeman for helping me clear up the date and venue for this session. He was even able to tell me that the official attendance at this show was 1057!

This was Pete Cosey's first date with Davis. At the end of the tour, Smith, Balakrishna, and Roy left the group, and Davis took over the keyboard duties himself. At this point the next great Davis working group was in place.

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