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Miles Ahead session details

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February 20, 1969 (2 items; TT = 33:40)
Columbia Studio B, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
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Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss); John McLaughlin (g); Herbie Hancock (el-p); Chick Corea (el-p); Josef Zawinul (org); Dave Holland (b); Joe Chambers (d)

1 The Ghetto Walk (composite take) (M. Davis) 26:46
2 Early Minor (take 6) (J. Zawinul) 6:54


1 The Ghetto Walk (composite take)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ5-209, Columbia Legacy 19075978321
CD: Columbia Legacy C3K 65362, Columbia Legacy C3K 90921, Sony SICP 35/7, Sony SICP 924/6

2 Early Minor (take 6)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ5-209, Columbia Legacy 19075978321
CD: Columbia Legacy C3K 65362, Columbia Legacy C3K 90921, Sony SICP 35/7, Sony SICP 924/6


"The Ghetto Walk" is a composite, comprising material from takes 13, 5, and 10. Several edits are audible, e.g. 2:36, 6:56, 9:31, 20:17. A number of phrases from "Shhh/Peaceful" crop up in Davis' solo (13:46-17:54).

As with many Davis originals from late 1968-early 1969, the influence of Jimi Hendrix seems obvious on "The Ghetto Walk," especially the opening and closing statements of the main theme. Shorter has a particularly nice solo on this tune, and Chambers' flexible understated drumming goes well with the loping stop-start tempo.

Chambers was apparently recruited by Corea for this session, his only studio date with Davis. Soon afterward the Quintet (with Jack De Johnette on drums) was booked at Duffy's Backstage, Rochester (February 25-March 2); the Cellar Door Club, Washington (March 10-15); and SUNY-Stony Brook Gymnasium (March 21).

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