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July 26, 1963 (10 items; TT = 83:22)
La Pinède Gould, Juan-les-Pins, Antibes (France)
Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF) radio broadcast (B+)

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

1 Introduction (André Francis) 1:23
2 So What (M. Davis) 9:51
3 All Blues (M. Davis) 12:00
4 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 14:12
5 Seven Steps to Heaven (V. Feldman-M. Davis) 10:49
6 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 10:42

Not listed on JMY 1010
7 My Funny Valentine (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 9:54
8 Joshua (V. Feldman) 10:56
9 The Theme (M. Davis) 2:58
10 Closing announcement (Francis) 0:37

2 So What
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010, Musica Jazz MJCD 1340

4 Stella by Starlight
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010, Musica Jazz MJCD 1340

5 Seven Steps to Heaven
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010, Musica Jazz MJCD 1340

6 Walkin'
CD: Jazz Music Yesterday JMY 1010

This is the first of three recordings made at the fourth Juan-les-Pins Festival. The rhythm section, after playing together for only two months, is amazingly fluid and cohesive, and Davis' playing is very spirited on all three of the Antibes recordings.

The performance master for this session in the RTF/INA archives is on 1/2" Kodak tape (item #LVAAA00345). The first reel contains André Francis' introduction and "So What"; the next reel contains "Stella by Starlight," "Seven Steps to Heaven," and "Walkin'"; the third contains "My Funny Valentine," "Joshua" (sometimes listed as "Jazz Shower"), "The Theme," and concludes with Francis' closing announcement from the stage. Apparently "All Blues" was removed from the first reel when the tune was used in an installment of Jazz sur Scène originally broadcast on May 29, 1966 (item #101D00088A/B), which also includes three tunes from the Paris Jazz Festival on October 1, 1964.

I am grateful to Robert Elliott for supplying me with the recordings from the ORTF archives.

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