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June 11, 1975 (10 items; TT = 87:11)
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 set
1 Turnaroundphrase (M. Davis) 5:51
2 Tune in 5 (M. Davis) 3:42

"Willie Nelson" vamp 0:09-1:15
3 Turnaroundphrase (M. Davis) 3:40
4 For Dave [Mr. Foster] (M. Davis) 15:59
5 Untitled Original 750505 (with applause) (M. Davis) 4:32

Second set
6 Band warming up 0:19
7 Funk [Prelude, part 1] (M. Davis) 14:57

Incomplete (9:51) on Jazz Masters
8 Ife (M. Davis) 13:39
9 Maiysha (M. Davis) 8:10
10 Right Off (with applause) (M. Davis) 16:22

Cga solo 13:08-16:05. Incomplete (16:05) on Jazz Masters


1 Turnaroundphrase
CD: Jazz Masters JM 017/8

2 Tune in 5
CD: Jazz Masters JM 017/8

3 Turnaroundphrase
CD: Jazz Masters JM 017/8

4 For Dave
CD: Jazz Masters JM 017/8

5 Untitled Original 750505 (with applause)
CD: Jazz Masters JM 017/8

7 Funk
CD: Jazz Masters JM 017/8

8 Ife
CD: Jazz Masters JM 017/8

9 Maiysha
CD: Jazz Masters JM 017/8

10 Right Off (with applause)
CD: Jazz Masters JM 017/8


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. These are the two sets from the 8:30 pm concert. No sign of the 11:00 pm show, unfortunately.

The version this music issued on Jazz Masters is about a half-step flat throughout. Timings above are from a speed-corrected recording.

"Untitled original 750505" was first recorded in the studio on May 5. It was a standard set closer during May-July 1975. Davis occasionally plays organ during this tune.

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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