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Miles Ahead session details

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April 7, 1967 (11 items; TT = 64:28)
Harmon Gymnasium, University of California, Berkeley CA
KALX-FM radio broadcast (B-)
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Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Albert Stinson (b); Tony Williams (d)

1 Introduction (disk jockey) 0:26
2 Introduction (from stage) 0:05
3 Agitation (M. Davis) 8:43
4 Gingerbread Boy (J. Heath) 9:01
5 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 10:24
6 Dolores (W. Shorter) 7:11
7 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 9:48
8 So What (M. Davis) 8:52
9 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 8:59
10 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 0:33
11 Announcement (disk jockey) 0:26


This music was recorded at the first Berkeley Jazz Festival, which occurred on April 7-8 at the Greek Theatre. Davis was on the bill with Bill Evans, Horace Silver, John Handy, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Gerald Wilson's Big Band, and Big Mama Thornton. This set was performed indoors in the Harmon Gymnasium due to heavy rains.

There appear to be two sources for these tunes. The first tape, probably a soundboard recording, begins with a short announcement from the stage and includes all of the tunes listed above. The second, a recording of a broadcast of the Cabinet Tapes show on KALX-FM, the University of California student radio station, does not include the stage introduction or "Agitation," but includes an introduction and closing announcement by the disk jockey. It is about 3% slower than the first tape.

The Davis Quintet, with Joe Henderson added as a second tenor saxophone, was booked for a short engagement at the Village Vanguard (March 9-12); they then -- minus Henderson -- embarked on another tour of the western U.S. with Ron Carter remaining in New York, this time replaced by Stinson (here) or Buster Williams (the remainder of the tour). After this Berkeley show the Davis Quintet was booked for two weeks at the Both/And Club in San Francisco (April 11-23); they then moved to the Penthouse Club in Seattle (April 24-29), and ended their tour with three nights at the Sands Hotel in Hollywood (May 5-7), a Columbia Hollywood studio date (May 9), and a one-night engagement at UCLA's Royce Hall (May 12). They returned to New York and played the Village Vanguard again (June 2-4), then went to the Village Gate (July 4-16 opposite Dizzy Gillespie, and August 15-27 opposite Ornette Coleman). They also played at The Watts Summer Festival, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, on August 21-22.

Thanks to Dave Culp for help with this session.

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