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Miles Ahead session details

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June 7, 1967 (9 items; TT = 32:52)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Show chatter

Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d)

1 Water Babies (rehearsal) (W. Shorter) 1:25
2 Water Babies (take 1 inc) (W. Shorter) 1:27
3 Water Babies (take 2 inc) (W. Shorter) 2:09
4 Water Babies (take 3 inc) (W. Shorter) 3:21
5 Water Babies (take 4) (W. Shorter) 5:21
6 Nefertiti (take 1) (W. Shorter) 5:02
7 Nefertiti (take 2) (W. Shorter) 5:48
8 Nefertiti (take 3 fs) (W. Shorter) 0:12
9 Nefertiti (take 4) (W. Shorter) 8:07


1 Water Babies (rehearsal)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

2 Water Babies (take 1 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

3 Water Babies (take 2 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

4 Water Babies (take 3 inc)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

5 Water Babies (take 4)
12" LP: Columbia PC 34396, Columbia C5X 45000, CBS/Sony 18AP 2072, CBS/Sony 23AP 2572, CBS/Sony 25AP 314, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398, Columbia Legacy C6K 90925, Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, CBS/Sony 32DP 727, Sony SRCS 5710, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 9307, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9736, Sony SICP 831, Sony SICJ 30072, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 29)

6 Nefertiti (take 1)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

7 Nefertiti (take 2)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

8 Nefertiti (take 3 fs)
CD: Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7

9 Nefertiti (take 4)
12" LP: Columbia CL 2794 (= CS 9594), Music on Vinyl MOV LP031, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-45436, CBS/Sony SONP 50186, CBS/Sony SONP 52049, CBS/Sony SOPL 167, CBS/Sony 18AP 2071, CBS/Sony 23AP 2571, CBS/Sony 25AP 767, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 46113, Columbia CK 65681, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398, Columbia Legacy C6K 90925, Columbia CK 65945, Columbia C2K 85475, Columbia Legacy 88985 35737, Sony SICJ 30005/7, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2146, CBS/Sony 32DP 726, CBS/Sony CSCS 5149, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, Sony SRCS 6841, Sony SRCS 7218, Sony SRCS 9116, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9747, Sony SRCS 2230, Sony SRCS 2493/4, Sony SRGS 4521, Sony SICP 829, Sony SICP 1218, Sony SICP 20082, Sony SICP 30265, Sony SICJ 30071, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 28)


The originally issued versions of "Water Babies" and "Nefertiti" are the only complete takes from this session. "Nefertiti" remained in the live book until late 1969, although it was not a staple. Chick Corea and Dave Holland took it with them when they left Davis in 1970 to form Circle.

"Water Babies" -- whose original title was "Blues for Teo," according to the track sheet from this session -- was not issued by Columbia until 1976, by which time Shorter's own remake of it on his Super Nova (Blue Note BST-84332, recorded in August 1969) was familiar.

This is another in the ongoing series of New York studio sessions during May-July 1967. These sessions allowed the Quintet to develop new repertoire centered around original compositions. Only a few of these tunes -- "Masqualero," "Nefertiti," and "Riot" -- became staples of the Quintet's live performances, however.

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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