Miles Ahead session details

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June 20, 1973 (9 items; TT = 92:54)
Shinjuku Kohseinenkin Hall, Tokyo (Japan)
Audience recording (B-)
Miles Davis Septet

Miles Davis (tpt, org); Dave Liebman (ss, ts, fl); Pete Cosey (g, perc); Reggie Lucas (g); Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d); James Mtume Forman (cga, perc)

First set
1 Turnaroundphrase (M. Davis) 12:44
2 Tune in 5 (M. Davis) 10:01
3 Right Off (with applause) (M. Davis) 16:06

Second set
4 Applause + chatter 0:08
5 Ife (M. Davis) 17:37
6 Agharta Prelude (M. Davis) 6:06
7 Untitled Original 730424c (M. Davis) 8:02
8 Zimbabwe (M. Davis) 12:15
9 Tune in 5 (with applause) (M. Davis) 9:55

Brief applause ca. 1:40-2:05 as Davis leaves the stage. The tune ends at ca. 6:00; the rest is chanting + percussion, then applause


1 Turnaroundphrase
Video: NHK-TV, Crime Crew CCP DVD-012, Godnoes Productions Volume 4 (DVD-R), Hannibal 005

2 Tune in 5
Video: NHK-TV, Crime Crew CCP DVD-012, Godnoes Productions Volume 4 (DVD-R), Hannibal 005

3 Right Off (with applause)
Video: NHK-TV, Crime Crew CCP DVD-012, Godnoes Productions Volume 4 (DVD-R), Hannibal 005


Davis toys with the theme of "Funk" (aka "Prelude, Part 1") throughout "Right Off." It was evolving from "Right Off" during this period. It followed "Right Off" in many concerts from late 1973 to early 1974; by May 1974 it appears by itself, and was is a standard set-opener from late 1974 through the summer of 1975. "Untitled Original 730424c" is labeled as such to identify the date on which it is first documented. In the mid-1970s there are several tunes that are performed live but never brought into the studio, and several tunes recorded during studio sessions but never considered for release. In both cases the tunes were never given titles.

There are two different Nippon Broadcasting Co. TV presentations of this music. The first contains no interruptions and includes "Turnaroundphrase" (missing the first two beats, 12:55), "Tune in 5" (10:02), and "Right Off" (inc, 9:03). The second contains an introduction (0:49), "Turnaroundphrase" (12:58), the first 2:33 of "Tune in 5", a series of commentaries and interviews with occasional musical fragments (including "Stella by Starlight"!) (5:16), the last 8:10 of "Right Off", and a concluding announcement (0:08).

Lonnie Smith, Khalil Balakrishna, and Badal Roy left in May, and Davis took over the keyboard duties himself. The new Davis Septet embarked on a tour of Japan in June, and Europe in July. The itinerary for the Japanese tour was as follows:

June 16 (Sat): Sapporo Koseinenkinkaikan Hall (6:30 pm)
June 19 (Tue): Tokyo Koseinenkinkaikan Hall (7:00 pm)
June 20 (Wed): Tokyo Koseinenkinkaikan Hall (7:00 pm)
June 22 (Fri): Tokyo Koseinenkinkaikan Hall (7:00 pm)
June 23 (Sat): Nagoya Shiminkaikan (Nagoya civic auditorium) (6:30 pm)
June 25 (Mon): Kyoto Hall (6:30 pm)
June 28 (Thu): Fukuoka Shiminkaikan (Fukuoka civic auditorium) (6:30 pm)
June 29 (Fri): Hiroshima Yubin-Chokin Hall (6:30 pm)
June 30 (Sat): Osaka Festival Hall (two shows, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
July 1 (Sun): Kanazawa City Kankokaikan Hall (6:30 pm
July 3 (Tue): Niigata Kenminkaikann (6:30 pm)

Thanks to Eric Jooris for providing me with a copy of the concert program, and to Tom Yamaguchi for translating the schedule for me.

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