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Miles Ahead session details

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July 1, 1975 (10 items; TT = 89:02)
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York NY
Band recording (B+)

Miles Davis (tpt, org); Sam Morrison (ss, ts, fl); Pete Cosey (g, perc, EMS Synthi); Reggie Lucas (g); Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d); James Mtume Forman (cga, perc)

First set
1 Band warming up 0:54
2 Turnaroundphrase (M. Davis) 15:14

"Turnaroundphrase" and "Tune in 5" played simultaneously during last half of tune
3 Tune in 5 (M. Davis) 4:13

Cga/thumb piano/rhythm box interlude from 2:40
4 Maiysha (M. Davis) 18:30
5 Untitled Original 750505 (with applause, announcement) (M. Davis) 3:27

"We'll take a short intermission -- Miles'll be back for a second set in just a short while..."

Second set
6 Right Off (M. Davis) 12:53

Davis plays with the "Funk" theme frequently during his solos
7 Mtume (M. Davis) 6:57
8 Latin (M. Davis) 6:46
9 Ife (M. Davis) 13:16

Lucas plays a "Willie Nelson"-ish riff throughout the first half of the tune
10 Untitled Original 750505 (with applause) (M. Davis) 6:52

Applause 1:04-1:40 as Davis leaves the stage

7 Mtume
CD: Columbia Legacy 88875 08195, Sony SICJ 30001/4

In the first set "Turnaroundphrase" and "Tune in 5" are played simultaneously. In addition, in the second set Lucas plays a guitar riff reminiscent of "Willie Nelson" while Cosey and the rhythm section play "Ife." "Untitled original 750505" (first performed in the studio on May 5) was a standard set closer during May-July 1975. Davis occasionally plays organ during this tune.

Davis suffered from serious health problems (hips, ulcers, drug use) throughout the summer, but the Septet continued to tour: Paul's Mall, Boston (April 28-May 3); Just Jazz, Philadelphia (May 12-17); Oakland University, Rochester MI (May 24); Bottom Line Club, New York (June 10-12); Avery Fisher Hall, New York (July 1); Central Park, New York (September 5).

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