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Miles Ahead session details

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July 25, 1963 (2 items; TT = 23:52)
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris (France)
Europe-1 radio broadcast (C+)

Miles Davis (tpt); George Coleman (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d)

1 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 14:32
2 So What (M. Davis) 9:20


1 Stella by Starlight
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 371

2 So What
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 371


On their way to the Antibes Festival, the Davis Quintet played one night at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. In a Down Beat review of this concert, Alan Bates wrote that "Williams, a 17-year old drum prodigy, created a mild sensation with his surging and propulsive drumming. Certainly this boy's name is destined to become a household word in the world of jazz."

A fragment of "Joshua" (3:21) is sometimes included with these tunes, but it is a slightly off-speed excerpt of the beginning of the version performed October 1, 1964 at Salle Pleyel, Paris. The Quintet must have played a 50-60 minute set on this date, but these two tunes are all that has surfaced so far.

I am grateful to Tommaso Urbano and Jérôme Challier for help with this session.

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