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Miles Ahead session details

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October 17, 1973 (5 items; TT = 63:54)
Paul's Mall, Boston MA
WBCN radio broadcast (B+)

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)

1 Band warming up 1:30

Voiceover introduction
2 Ife (M. Davis) 34:04
3 Agharta Prelude (M. Davis) 14:26

Foster and Mtume play the "Tune in 5" percussion vamp from 2:42-7:10, while Henderson, Lucas, and the soloists continue with "Agharta Prelude." Incomplete (5:30) and issued as "What About Rhythm" on LFYE 002
4 Zimbabwe (M. Davis) 12:18
5 Closing announcement (incomplete) 1:36


2 Ife
CD: Lunch for Your Ears LFYE 002, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY ME-6403

3 Agharta Prelude
CD: Lunch for Your Ears LFYE 002, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY ME-6403

4 Zimbabwe
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY ME-6403


The Davis Septet was booked for several nights at Paul's Mall in mid-October 1973, and there is an audience recording of two sets from another show during this engagement. Given the tunes performed here, this is probably from the second of two sets on this date.

A week earlier, Liebman took a couple days off to record Lookout Farm at Generation Sound Studios in New York (October 10-11).

Although these shows have circulated for years with the venue as the Jazz Workshop, according to Jim Rose, a member of the Davis entourage from 1972 on, the venue was Paul's Mall.

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