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Miles Ahead session details

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June-July 1967 (1 item; TT = 5:43)
Columbia Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
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Miles Davis (tpt); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d)

1 Thisness (rehearsal) (M. Davis) 5:43

1 Thisness (rehearsal)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia Legacy C6K 67398, Columbia Legacy C6K 90925, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8

The date of this recording, which exists only as a monaural reference tape, is uncertain. Shorter does not play. It is searching and exploratory, with a beautiful interlude by Hancock before Davis re-joins. The notes to the Quintet box (Mosaic MQ10-177, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398) place it somewhere in the period "May-July 1967." My guess is that it is later rather than earlier in the series of many New York studio sessions during this period -- closer to late July than early June.

After returning from the west coast in mid-May, the Quintet was booked at the Village Vanguard (June 2-4), then went to the Village Gate (July 4-16 opposite Dizzy Gillespie, and August 15-27 opposite Ornette Coleman). They also played at The Watts Summer Festival, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, on August 21-22.

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