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March 22, 1960 (11 items; TT = 89:06)
Konserthuset, Stockholm (Sweden)
Sveriges Radio broadcast (A-)
Show chatter

Miles Davis (tpt); John Coltrane (ts); Wynton Kelly (p); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Norman Granz (ann); Carl-Erik Lindgren (interviewer)

First concert
1 Introduction (Norman Granz) 1:00
2 So What (M. Davis) 10:31
3 Fran Dance (M. Davis) 7:22
4 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 16:18
5 The Theme (M. Davis) 0:50

Second concert
6 Introduction (Norman Granz) 1:11
7 So What (M. Davis) 15:03
8 On Green Dolphin Street (N. Washington-B. Kaper) 13:35
9 All Blues (M. Davis) 16:07
10 The Theme (M. Davis) 0:57
11 Interview (John Coltrane and Carl-Erik Lindgren) 6:12

Supposedly Coltrane was interviewed between the two concerts; interview divided into two tracks on Dragon LP


1 Introduction (Norman Granz)
CD: TAX CD 3716-2, Sony Legacy CK 88985448392, Sony SICP 31146/9

2 So What
12" LP: Dragon DRLP 90
CD: Dragon DRCD 228, DIW 381/4, Jazz Door JD 1226, Natasha Import NI 4011, Recording Arts Reference Edition RARE CD 08/10, TAX CD 3716-2, Acrobat ACQCD 7076, Sony Legacy CK 88985448392, Sony SICP 31146/9

3 Fran Dance
12" LP: Dragon DRLP 91
CD: Dragon DRCD 228, DIW 381/4, Natasha Import NI 4011, Recording Arts Reference Edition RARE CD 08/10, TAX CD 3716-2, Acrobat ACQCD 7076, Sony Legacy CK 88985448392, Sony SICP 31146/9

4 Walkin'
12" LP: Dragon DRLP 91, Rarelp 10
CD: Dragon DRCD 228, DIW 381/4, Natasha Import NI 4011, Recording Arts Reference Edition RARE CD 08/10, Acrobat ACQCD 7076, Sony Legacy CK 88985448392, Sony SICP 31146/9

5 The Theme
12" LP: Dragon DRLP 91, Rarelp 10
CD: Dragon DRCD 228, DIW 381/4, Natasha Import NI 4011, Recording Arts Reference Edition RARE CD 08/10, Acrobat ACQCD 7076, Sony Legacy CK 88985448392, Sony SICP 31146/9

6 Introduction (Norman Granz)
CD: TAX CD 3716-2, Sony Legacy CK 88985448392, Sony SICP 31146/9

7 So What
12" LP: Dragon DRLP 91, Rarelp 10
CD: Dragon DRCD 228, DIW 381/4, Rare CD-10, Jazz Door JD 1226, Acrobat ACQCD 7076, Sony Legacy CK 88985448392, Sony SICP 31146/9

8 On Green Dolphin Street
12" LP: Dragon DRLP 90, Rarelp 10
CD: Dragon DRCD 228, DIW 381/4, Rare CD-10, Jazz Door JD 1226, Natasha Import NI 4011, Recording Arts Reference Edition RARE CD 08/10, Acrobat ACQCD 7076, Sony Legacy CK 88985448392, Sony SICP 31146/9

9 All Blues
12" LP: Dragon DRLP 90
CD: Dragon DRCD 228, DIW 381/4, Rare CD-10, Jazz Door JD 1226, Natasha Import NI 4011, TAX CD 3716-2, Acrobat ACQCD 7076, Sony Legacy CK 88985448392, Sony SICP 31146/9

10 The Theme
12" LP: Dragon DRLP 90
CD: Dragon DRCD 228, DIW 381/4, Rare CD-10, Jazz Door JD 1226, Natasha Import NI 4011, Acrobat ACQCD 7076, Sony Legacy CK 88985448392, Sony SICP 31146/9

11 Interview (John Coltrane and Carl-Erik Lindgren)
12" LP: Dragon DRLP 90
CD: Dragon DRCD 228, DIW 381/4, Acrobat ACQCD 7076, Sony Legacy CK 88985448392, Sony SICP 31146/9


On the original Dragon LPs (DRLP 90-91), the shorter version of "So What" was joined with "On Green Dolphin Street" to fit on on side A, and the longer version appeared on side C. This incorrect order was perpetuated on Dragon DRCD 228 (but not on the Japanese version, DIW 381/4). The correct order of the titles performed, as noted by contemporary reviews by Carl-Erik Lindgren and Lars Werner and confirmed by producer Lars Westin, is as above.

"Walkin'" is incomplete: twelve measures were removed from Davis's closing solo because of a tape defect.

From March 21 through April 10, the Davis Quintet toured Europe, along with Oscar Peterson and the Stan Getz and their groups, under the auspices of Norman Granz's "Jazz at the Philharmonic." Davis had hired vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery for the tour but at the last minute Montgomery bowed out. Surprisingly few recordings from this tour have surfaced. The itinerary was as follows:

March 21 (Monday, 7:30 and 10:00 pm), Olympia Theatre, Paris
March 22 (Tuesday, 7:00 and 9:15 pm), Konserthuset, Stockholm
March 23 (Wednesday), Njardhallen, Oslo (or Goteburg, Sweden)
March 24 (Thursday, 7:00 and 9:30 pm), Tivolis Konsertsal, Copenhagen
March 25 (Friday, 8:00 pm), Niedersachsenhalle, Hannover
March 26 (Saturday, 8:00 pm), Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg
March 27 (Sunday, 8:00 pm), Sportspalast, Berlin
March 28 (Monday), WDR Studio, Düsseldorf (Davis out)
March 29 (Tuesday, 6:00 and 9:00 pm), Musikhalle, Hamburg
March 30 (Wednesday), Kongresshalle, Frankfurt am Main
March 31 (Thursday, 9:15 pm), Teatro Lirico, Milan
April 1 (Friday, 8:00 pm), Fruchthalle, Kaiserslautern
April 2 (Saturday, 6:15 and 9:45 pm), Messehalle, Köln
April 3 (Sunday, 6:00 and 9:00 pm), Deutsches Museum, Kongress-Saal, Munich
April 4 (Monday, 8:00 pm), Stadthalle, Karlsruhe
April 6 (Wednesday), Stadthalle, Vienna
April 7 (Thursday, two shows), Messehaus, Nürnberg
April 8 (Friday, 8:30 pm), Kongresshaus, Zürich
April 9 (Saturday, 8:15 pm), Kurhaus, Scheveningen
April 9 (Saturday, midnight), Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
April 10 (Sunday, 8:00 pm), Liederhalle, Beethoven-Saal, Stuttgart

I am grateful to Jan Lohmann and Joop van Dijk for help with this session.

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