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November 6, 1967 (12 items; TT = 93:05)
Salle Pleyel, Paris (France)
ORTF radio broadcast (A-)

Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d); André Francis (ann)

1 Introduction (André Francis) 1:09
2 Agitation (M. Davis) 6:32
3 Footprints (W. Shorter) 10:14
4 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 8:19

Incomplete (8:06) on JMY and Golden Age of Jazz
5 No Blues (M. Davis) 13:01
6 Masqualero (W. Shorter) 10:22

Splice at 7:09, where a few seconds of Hancock's solo are missing
7 Announcement (André Francis) 2:37
8 I Fall in Love Too Easily (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 10:34
9 Riot (H. Hancock) 3:42
10 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 8:58
11 On Green Dolphin Street (N. Washington-B. Kaper) 9:04
12 The Theme (M. Davis) 8:33


2 Agitation
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP421
CD: Columbia 88697 94053, Sony SICP 20316/9

3 Footprints
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP421
CD: Columbia 88697 94053, Sony SICP 20316/9

4 'Round Midnight
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP421
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 341, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1003, Columbia 88697 94053, Sony SICP 20316/9

5 No Blues
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP421
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 341, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1003, Columbia 88697 94053, Sony SICP 20316/9

6 Masqualero
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP421
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 341, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1003, Columbia 88697 94053, Sony SICP 20316/9

8 I Fall in Love Too Easily
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP421
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 341, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1003, Columbia 88697 94053, Sony SICP 20316/9

9 Riot
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP421
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 341, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1003, Columbia 88697 94053, Sony SICP 20316/9

10 Walkin'
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP421
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 341, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1003, Columbia 88697 94053, Sony SICP 20316/9

11 On Green Dolphin Street
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP421
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 341, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1003, Columbia 88697 94053, Sony SICP 20316/9

12 The Theme
12" LP: Music on Vinyl MOV LP421
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 341, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1003, Columbia 88697 94053, Sony SICP 20316/9


"Agitation" and "Footprints" were not broadcast by ORTF and are not included on any issued recordings prior to the Sony Live in Europe 1967 set. The opening ascending run and set-up for the theme to "'Round Midnight" is missing on JMY and Golden Age of Jazz. In addition, the tunes are wrongly indexed on JMY:

  1. 'Round Midnight (8:05)
  2. No Blues (13:05)
  3. Mascalero [sic] (8:40)
  4. I Fall in Love Too Easily (9:00)
  5. Riot (5:30)
  6. Walkin' (9:40)
  7. On Green Dolphin Street (16:50)
  8. The Theme (0:40)

The announcement following "Masqualero" mentions several other artists and may indicate that there was an intermission between one set (comprising the first five tunes) and a second (the last five). There may be a similar break between "Masqualero" and "I Fall in Love Too Easily" in the Karlsruhe concert the following day.

The Quintet played several venues in Europe in late October-early November 1967 as part of the "Newport Jazz Festival in Europe" produced by George Wein. According to Billboard magazine, groups from the tour were booked in the following cities, although each booking involved a subset of the groups involved: Baden (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), Belfast (Ireland), Berlin (Germany), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dublin (Ireland), Epernay (France), Helsinki (Finland), Karlsruhe (Germany), Lecco (Italy), London (England), Lugano (Switzerland), Lyons (France), Mainz (Germany), Paris (France), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Stockholm (Sweden). The Quintet, usually paired with the Archie Shepp Quintet, was booked in ten cities:

October 28: Koninging Elisabethzaal, Antwerp
October 29: Hammersmith Odeon, London
October 30: De Doelen, Rotterdam
October 31: Konserthuset, Stockholm
November 1: Kulttuuritalolla, Helsinki
November 2: Tivoli Konsertsal, Copenhagen
November 4: Philharmonie, Berlin
November 5: Teatro Europa, Lecco
November 6: Salle Pleyel, Paris
November 7: Stadthalle, Karlsruhe

Also on the tour were the Thelonious Monk Octet, the Gary Burton Quartet with Larry Coryell, Sarah Vaughan and the Bob James Trio, and many others. Davis apparently left the tour early after a dispute with producer George Wein. The rest of the Quintet performed the final concert or two of the tour as "The Wayne Shorter Quartet."

I am grateful to Jan Lohmann for discussion of this session.

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