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Miles Ahead session details

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June 10, 1975 (12 items; TT = 96:24)
Bottom Line Club, New York NY
Audience recording (B)

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

First concert, first set
1 Funk [Prelude, part 1] (M. Davis) 12:57
2 Latin (incomplete) (M. Davis) 6:14

Splice at 5:32
3 Untitled Original 750505 (with applause, announcement) (M. Davis) 4:49

Rhythm section only. After the tune someone says "We had a problem with one of the amps here. We're gonna fix it. We'll be back in a few minutes." The broken amp must be for Davis's amplified trumpet, since he plays without wah-wah throughout this set

First concert, second set
4 Band warming up 0:56
5 For Dave [Mr. Foster] (M. Davis) 14:53
6 Ife (M. Davis) 7:57
7 Right Off (with applause) (M. Davis) 9:51

Splice at 0:36. Applause at end cut off

Second concert, first set
8 Band warming up 0:06
9 Maiysha (M. Davis) 12:59
10 Latin (M. Davis) 6:09
11 Untitled Original 740419 (incomplete) (M. Davis) 12:19

Splice at 7:55
12 Untitled Original 750505 (with applause) (M. Davis) 7:14

Rhythm section only; perc only 5:33-6:36


The Davis group was booked for five nights at the Bottom Line, June 10-14 (Tuesday-Saturday), and they apparently played two two-set shows (8:30 and 11:00 pm) each night. The music listed here circulates as from the first concert and the first set from the second concert. But where is the second set from the second show?

"Untitled original 750505" was first recorded in the studio on May 5; "Hip Skip" was first recorded in the studio on November 6, 1974. "Untitled original 750505" was a standard set closer during May-July 1975. Davis occasionally plays organ during this tune. During this tune in the second set (at 2:46-2:50), someone in the audience says "Hendrix should get all the recognition for this."

Davis suffered from serious health problems (hips, ulcers, drug use) throughout the summer, but the Septet continued to tour: Paul's Mall, Boston (April 28-May 3); Just Jazz, Philadelphia (May 12-17); Oakland University, Rochester MI (May 24); Bottom Line Club, New York (June 10-14); Avery Fisher Hall, New York (July 1); Central Park, New York (September 5).

Thanks to Larry Crawford for alerting me to the correct dates (five nights rather than only three) for this engagement.

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