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Acknowledgments, Credits, and Tips of the Hat

Jan Lohmann's excellent discography (see below), although long out of print, is an essential work for anyone with a serious interest in Miles Davis's music. All Miles Davis aficionados owe Jan Lohmann a debt of gratitude. For thirty years Jan has been very generous in sharing information, music, and encouragement; Miles Ahead would be much poorer without his contributions.

For just as long, Enrico Merlin has shared with me his passion for Miles Davis's music, many analyses of issued and unissued recordings, and his expert knowledge of the early electric years (1968-75). An early sample of his work is available on this site: "Code MD: Coded Phrases in the Early Electric Period" (1996). He contributed a terrific sessionography to Paul Tingen's Miles Beyond (2001). He and Veniero Rizzardi published Bitches Brew: Genesi del capolavaro di Miles Davis (Milano: Il Saggiatori, 2009), a brilliant analysis of the techniques used by Miles Davis and Teo Macero in the early electric period. His most recent project, Miles Davis 1959: A Day-by-Day Chronology, was released in 2018 and can be purchased from his website.

Tommaso Urbano's careful transcriptions of Miles Davis solos have shed a lot of light, especially on the early recordings. Check out his remarkable website, The Music of Miles.

Chris DeVito and Ron Fritts have been very generous, too, supplying me with dates, venues, and photocopies of ads and reviews that have filled out the chronology. Their research has made it possible to correct many errors, to replace "unknown date" and "unknown venue" with specific and documented information, and generally to make Miles Ahead a more useful place. (The main focus of Chris' attention is John Coltrane, including the magisterial John Coltrane Reference. Ron is the Ur-source for information about jazz in the Washington DC area.)

John Schiebaan has found many errors and inconsistencies, and has shared a lot of information with me, especially about European releases. Kevin Carswell has made a lot of helpful corrections, too. I've been helped by Craig Neilson's expertise on the early recordings in California and elsewhere, and Christian Legault has shared with me his researches into Miles Davis' performances in and around Montreal.

Tom Yamaguchi and Hiroshi Tanno have helped me with Japanese releases of of Miles Davis recordings on LP and CD. And Klaus Werner has generously shared a number of rare items from his vast collection of Miles Davis treasures.

David Arnold, Pat Buzby, Greg Chappee, and Michael Vicari have helped clarify the early electric period. Their careful analyses of recordings from this period have saved me from several errors.

Thanks also to many others who have offered corrections, additions, and suggestions, or answered questions -- notably James Accardi, Steve Berkowitz, Oscar Bianco, Harry Coenen, Michael Cuscuna, Mark Freeman, Pascal Garnier, Larry Gregan, John Keisers, Yoshiharu Kuwahara, Axel Van Looy, Al McMahill, Lasse Nikkarev, Lars Möller, Paul Van Oost, Leif Bo Petersen, Mike Rishavy, Richard Seidel, Jim Szabo, and Vinicio Zanetti. Many others -- too many to list, but you know who you are -- have traded live shows with me, supplied me with cover art, etc. Thank you!

There are several Miles Davis sites on the internet; if you want to peruse some of them, or you want to read more about Miles Davis, look at the list of books and websites elsewhere on this site.

I'm sure that there are errors and omissions in these pages, so if you have corrections or additions, send me e-mail at plosin@gmail.com.


I have used discographical information from a number of published sources:

Morroe Berger, Edward Berger, and James Patrick, Benny Carter: A Life in American Music. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1982. Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies, Studies in Jazz, Volume 1.

Jack Chambers, Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis. New York: Da Capo Press, 1998. Originally published in two volumes, 1983 and 1985.

Todd Coolman, The Miles Davis Quintet of the Mid-1960s: Synthesis of Improvisational and Compositional Elements. New York University PhD dissertation, 1997.

Laurent Cugny, Electrique Miles Davis 1968-1975. Marseille: André Dimanche Éditeur, 1993.

Michael Cuscuna and Michel Ruppli, The Blue Note Label: A Discography. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

Chris DeVito, Yasuhiro Fujioka, Wolf Schmaler, David Wild, edited by Lewis Porter, The John Coltrane Reference. New York and London: Taylor and Francis, 2008.

Yasuhiro Fujioka, Lewis Porter, and Yoh-Ichi Hamada, John Coltrane: A Discography and Musical Biography. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1995. Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies, Studies in Jazz, Volume 20.

Frédéric Goaty, Richard Seidel, Franck Bergerot, Notes and discography to Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection. Sony Music, 2009. (Columbia 88697-52492-2)

Ashley Kahn, Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece. New York: Da Capo Press, 2000.

Piet Koster, Bird Lore: Charlie Parker 1940-1955. Second edition: Names & Numbers, Almere, 2002.

Jan Lohmann, The Sound of Miles Davis: The Discography 1945-1991. Copenhagen: JazzMedia ApS, 1991. [website]

Enrico Merlin, Bitches Brew: Genesi del capolavaro di Miles Davis. Milano: Il Saggiatori, 2009.

Tore Mortensen, Miles Davis: Den Ny Jazz. Aarhus, 1976.

Yasuki Nakayama, Miles Davis Complete Discography. Tokyo: Futabasha, 2000.

------, Listen to Miles, Version 6. Tokyo: Futabasha, 2004.

------, Miles Davis: We Love Music, We Love the Earth. Tokyo: Tokyo FM, 2002.

Takao Ogawa a.o., Jazz Hero's Data Bank. Tokyo: JICC, 1991.

Toyoki Okajima (ed.), The Complete Blue Note Book: Tribute to Alfred Lion. Jazz Critique Special Edition, No. 3 (1987). Tokyo: Jazz Hihyo, 1987.

------, The Prestige Book: Discography of All Series. Jazz Critique Special Edition No. 3 (1996). Tokyo: Jazz Hihyo, 1996.

Michel Ruppli and Bob Porter, The Prestige Label: A Discography. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1980.

------, The Savoy Label: A Discography (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1980).

Paul Tingen, Miles Beyond: Electric Explorations of Miles Davis, 1967-1991. New York: Billboard Books, 2001.

Ken Vail, Bird's Diary: The Life of Charlie Parker, 1945-1955. London: Sanctuary Publishing, 1996.

------, Miles' Diary: The Life of Miles Davis, 1947-1961. London: Sanctuary Publishing, 1996.

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