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Miles Ahead session details

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May 2, 1973 (6 items; TT = 40:14)
Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles CA
Unknown TV broadcast (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 Introduction (Clive Davis and Bill Cosby) 1:51
2 Turnaroundphrase (M. Davis) 10:11
3 Tune in 5 (M. Davis) 7:18

Fragment (2:19) on Electric Blue
4 Zimbabwe (M. Davis) 4:27

Fragment (2:50) on Electric Blue
5 Right Off (M. Davis) 8:25
6 Tune in 5 (with applause) (M. Davis) 8:02

3 Tune in 5
CD: Electric Blue EB 003, EB 006

4 Zimbabwe
CD: Electric Blue EB 003, EB 006

Portions of this performance were broadcast by ABC-TV and were distributed as a promotional video by Columbia. Photos from this show are used in the notes for two Columbia Legacy reissues: Dark Magus (C2K 65137) and In Concert (C2K 65140), as well as on the cover of Henry Kaiser and Leo Smith's Yo Miles! (Shanachie 5046).

The concert took place toward the end of a tour through the western U.S. and Canada: 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).

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 new Davis Septet was in place, and the group embarked on a tour of Japan and Europe in June and early July.

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