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Miles Ahead session details

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May 15, 1968 (3 items; TT = 36:09)
Columbia Studio B, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia

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

1 Country Son (rehearsal) (M. Davis) 7:46

Rhythm section only
2 Country Son (take 1) (M. Davis) 13:47

Begins with Davis solo
3 Country Son (take 3) (M. Davis) 14:36


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

2 Country Son (take 1)
12" LP: Columbia CS 9628, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory MFSL 2-45437, CBS/Sony SONP 50023, CBS/Sony SONZ 54014, CBS/Sony SOPL 168, CBS/Sony 18AP 2073, CBS/Sony 23AP 2573, Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 48954, Columbia CK 65684, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398, Columbia Legacy C6K 90925, Mobile Fidelity Sound Laboratory UDSACD 2147, CBS/Sony 32DP 728, Sony SRCS 5711, Sony SRCS 9305, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 9711, Sony SICP 830, Sony SICJ 30073, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 30)

3 Country Son (take 3)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ10-177
CD: Columbia CK 65681, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398, Columbia Legacy C6K 90925, Columbia CK 65945, Sony SRCS 8575/80, Sony SICP 663/8, Sony SRCS 2230, Sony SRCS 9711, Sony SICP 830, Sony SICJ 30073, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 30)


According to the track sheet for this session, the original title for "Country Son" was "Seeing Thru." The notes to the Quintet box (Mosaic MQ10-177, Columbia Legacy C6K 67398) explain that "Rehearsed in sections, the released version [of "Country Son"] is the first complete take (the engineer missed the opening bars of take 2, the released version), but a drum pickup was found and added to the master." The alternate version of "Country Son" included in the Quintet box is take 3. The alternate rhythm-only version included on disc 3 of the Freedom Jazz Dance box (Columbia Legacy 88985 35737) is an excerpt of a rehearsal take.

In addition to its busy studio schedule (six dates in just over a month), the Quintet was also busy with live dates, including the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis (May 26), Showboat Lounge, Philadelphia (May 29-June 5), Village Gate, New York (July 16-28), the Laurel Jazz Festival (August 2), the New York Jazz Festival at Randall's Island (August 17), Peyton Place, Baltimore (September 17-22), Chicago's Plugged Nickel Club (September 25-29), Royce Hall on the UCLA campus (October 5), Las Lomas High School Auditorium, Walnut Creek (October 6), San Francisco's Both/And Club (October 8-20), Shelly's Manne-Hole (October 22-November 3).

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