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Miles Ahead session details

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April 24, 1973 (10 items; TT = 71:30)
Columbia Studio B, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia

Miles Davis (org); Dave Liebman (ts); Pete Cosey (g); Reggie Lucas (g); Cedric Lawson (keyb); Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d); James Mtume Forman (cga, perc)

1 Untitled Original 730424a (rehearsal) (M. Davis) 3:23
2 Untitled Original 730424a (take 1) (M. Davis) 3:53
3 Untitled Original 730424a (take 2) (M. Davis) 7:56
4 Untitled Original 730424a (take 3 fs) (M. Davis) 2:06
5 Untitled Original 730424a (take 3) (M. Davis) 10:39
6 Untitled Original 730424b (rehearsal) (M. Davis) 5:04
7 Untitled Original 730424b (take 1) (M. Davis) 7:02
8 Untitled Original 730424c (take 1) (M. Davis) 4:09
9 Untitled Original 730424c (take 2) (M. Davis) 8:25
10 Untitled Original 730424c (take 3) (M. Davis) 18:53

I follow Jan Lohmann in dating this material April 24, 1973. The three titles listed here have matrix numbers of Co 113825, 113826, and 113827, which would seem to place them later, closer to the sessions on July 26-27, where the matrix numbers are Co 113845 and 113846. (The matrix number for "The Hen," recorded at the January 4 session, is Co 112995.) Davis, if he plays at all on this session, plays only organ, and there are clearly two keyboard players. Another session, in which Davis did not participate, took place on May 23; nothing from that session has surfaced. Liebman is out on all tracks except the last take of "Untitled original 730424c."

The piece I have listed as "Untitled original 730424c" was often performed live during the summer tour of Japan and the fall European tour.

Davis replaced Cedric Lawson with Lonnie Liston Smith sometime in February or March, before leaving New York for a tour of Canada and several U.S. cities: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vancouver (March 30); Paramount Theatre, Portland (April 4), Paramount Theatre, Seattle (April 5); Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (April 6); Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke University (April 12); Crampton Auditorium, Washington (April 13); Greek Theatre, Berkeley (April 26); Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica (May 1); Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles (May 2); Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca (May 4); Pine Knob Musical Theatre, Detroit (June 9).

At the end of the tour, Smith, Balakrishna, and Roy left the group, and Davis took over the keyboard duties himself. At this point the next great Davis working group was in place.

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