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August 3, 1974 (4 items; TT = 66:15)
Paul's Mall, Boston MA
Audience recording (B)

Miles Davis (tpt, org); Sonny Fortune (ss, as, fl); Pete Cosey (g, perc); Reggie Lucas (g); Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d); James Mtume Forman (cga, perc)

1 Funk [Prelude, part 1] (M. Davis) 19:35

Tempo halved in the middle of Fortune's ss solo (10:42)
2 Untitled Original 740419 (M. Davis) 11:32
3 Calypso Frelimo (M. Davis) 24:58
4 For Dave (with applause) (M. Davis) 10:10

Mostly perc/rhythm machine and g from 3:20 onward


1 Funk
CD: BOKN 1112

2 Untitled Original 740419
CD: BOKN 1112

3 Calypso Frelimo
CD: BOKN 1112

4 For Dave (with applause)
CD: BOKN 1112


"Hip Skip" was originally recorded in the studio on November 6, 1974. This is one of those cases where a tune is played live before it is taken into the studio.

Dominique Gaumont missed this show for some reason, so Cosey and Lucas are the only guitarists.

The tracks are wrongly indexed on BOKN-1112:

  1. Funk (19:57)
  2. Untitled Tune (11:43)
  3. Calypso Frelimo (21:47)
  4. Untitled Tune (13:37)

Davis was in bad shape when the Octet returned from the South American tour. He had missed at least one concert because of a drug overdose. Liebman was also interested in leaving, having recorded his second ECM album, Drum Ode, just before the tour. Davis eventually hired Sonny Fortune, and the Octet resumed touring -- e.g. Rochester's Lewiston Artpark (July 26); Paul's Mall, Boston (July 28-August 3), Avery Fisher Hall, New York (September 13) -- but Davis's health precluded a busy touring schedule.

A review of the Rochester performance noted that "although relativekly few showed up to see Miles Davis, Gordon Lightfoot sold out." The reviewer had trouble with the personnel:

I recognized only two members: Steve Grossman [sic!] played soprano sax and electric flute, and Reggie Lucas worked on his guitar. There was Tall 'n' Skinny on electric bass, Joe Rhythms on congas, Fatty the Pirate was the second guitarist and percussionist, and Billyjack DeJoncobham was the drummer. There was an electric piano sitting on the stage, but no one sitting behind it. I was hoping Lonnie Liston Smith might have taken the wrong subway and was a little late. We would soon see.

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