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Additional Session Details

1967-75  1980-91

Analyses by
Enrico Merlin

Miles Davis expert and discographer Enrico Merlin contributed a Discography and a Sessionography to Miles Beyond, covering all Miles's oficially released electric recordings from December 4, 1967 to August 25, 1991. The Sessionography gives extensive track by track details, including exact personnel and instrumentation, track timing, editing details, musical analysis, and general remarks and annotations. This and the following page page contain entries that were omitted during the final production stage due to limitations of space, as well as track details from albums that were released after Miles Beyond went to press. Updates will be posted here as new releases become available.


Basic format of Sessionography entries:

SESSION DATE LOCATION NATURE OF SESSION
Listing of personnel and the instruments they play on this date
Track Title Attributes Time Details
Explanatory notes, editing charts, musical analysis, and the album(s) on which the recording appears.

The instrument given in "Details" after an initialized name is the only instrument this musician plays on that track, unless an entry is preceded by "Add," which denotes an addition. "Out" means that the musician in question does not play on this track. Merlin bases himself on aural and historical evidence, and his details may vary from those given on CD covers. An asterix (*) marks recordings that have not yet been analyzed by Merlin. The details for these tracks are as given by the record company.


NOVEMBER 12, 1968 NEW YORK CITY - COLUMBIA STUDIO B RECORDING
Miles Davis (tp); Wayne Shorter (ts); Chick Corea (el. p); Herbie Hancock (el. p); Dave Holland (b), Tony Williams (d)
Splash* full edited master 10:05  

NOVEMBER 25, 1968 NEW YORK CITY - COLUMBIA STUDIO B RECORDING
Miles Davis (tp); Wayne Shorter (ts); Chick Corea (el. p); Herbie Hancock (el. p); Joe Zawinul (org), Dave Holland (b), Tony Williams (d)
Splashdown*   08:03  
"Splash" (the full version), and "Splashdown" were issued in September 2001 on The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions.

FEBRUARY 18, 1969 NEW YORK CITY - COLUMBIA STUDIO B RECORDING
Miles Davis (tp); Wayne Shorter (ss); Chick Corea (Wurlitzer el. p); Herbie Hancock (Fender Rhodes el. p); Joe Zawinul (org); John McLaughlin (el g); Dave Holland (b); Tony Williams (d)
Shhh/Peaceful* complete master 19:15  
In A Silent Way* rehearsal take 05:24  
In A Silent Way* complete master 04:15  
It's About That Time* complete master 11:27  
These four tracks were issued in September 2001 as part of The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions 3-CD boxed set. The original In A Silent Way album consists of edited versions of the three complete masters.

MARCH 7, 1970 NEW YORK CITY - FILLMORE EAST LIVE
Miles Davis (tp); Wayne Shorter (ss, ts); Chick Corea (el. p); Dave Holland (el. b, b); Jack DeJohnette (d); Airto Moreira (perc)
Directions*   08:44  
Spanish Key*   11:16  
Masqualero*   09:57  
It's About That Time*   14:03  
The Theme*    
Directions*   10:14  
Miles Runs The Voodoo Down*   07:40  
Bitches Brew*   08:02  
Spanish Key*   08:33  
It's About That Time*   08:44  
Willie Nelson*    
Issued on Live At The Fillmore East (Columbia/Legacy C2K 85191).

 MAY 29, 1970 NEW YORK CITY- UNKNOWN STUDIO RECORDING 
Louis Armstrong (voc.) acc. by: Thad Jones, Jimmy Owens, Ernie Royal, Marvin Stamm (tp, flh); Garnett Brown, Bill Campbell, Al Grey, Quentin Jackson (tb); Robert Ashton, Ray Beckenstein, Daniel Bank, Jerry Dodgion, Billy Harper (reeds); Frank Owens (p); Sam Brown, Kenny Burrell (g); Chuck Rainey (el. b); Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (d); Gene Golden (cga); Oliver Nelson (arr, cond); Carl Hall, Janice Bell, Ila Govan, Matthew Ledbetter, Tasha Thomas (chorus); Miles Davis, Bobby Hackett, Ruby Braff, Tony Bennett, Leon Thomas, Chico Hamilton, Eddie Condon, Ornette Coleman, Mike Lipskin, George Wein, Father O'Connor, Stanley Dance (b. vocals)
We Shall Overcome   05:41  
This track appears on LOUIS ARMSTRONG: What A Wonderful World (BMG ND 88310).

DECEMBER 16, 1970 WASHINGTON DC - THE CELLAR DOOR LIVE
Miles Davis (tp, wah tp); Gary Bartz (ss, as); Keith Jarrett (el. p, org); Michael Henderson (el. b); Jack DeJohnette (d); Airto Moreira (cuica, guiro, cabaca, shaker, cowbell, agogo bells, sheep bells, vibraslap, perc, bamboo fl, whistle, voc).
1st set:
Directions fade in 08:55 MD tp; GB ss;
Yesternow   17:05 MD tp; GB as; add MD voice
What I Say   12:32 MD tp; GB ss
Sanctuary Theme    0:40 MD tp; GB out
2nd set:
Inamorata/Funky Tonk fade in 17:47 GB as
Sanctuary Theme    0:21 MD tp; GB out
For unknown reasons, Airto Moreira is not audible on the material recorded on December 16th.
 
DECEMBER 17, 1970 WASHINGTON DC - THE CELLAR DOOR LIVE
2nd set:
What I Say   13:33 GB as
Honky Tonk   19:53 GB as
Sanctuary Theme   00:07 GB ss
It's About That Time   14:20 MD tp; GB as
What I Say   13:33 GB ss
Inamorata/Funky Tonk   14:33 GB as
Sanctuary Theme    0:18 GB ss; AM sh
 
DECEMBER 18, 1970 WASHINGTON DC - THE CELLAR DOOR LIVE
2nd set:
Directions   12:55 GB ss
Honky Tonk   18:46 GB as
What I Say   14:25 MD tp; GB ss
Sanctuary Theme    0:34 MD tp; GB out
3rd set:
Directions   11:44 GB ss
Honky Tonk   17:10 GB as
What I Say   02:03 MD tp; GB as
Sanctuary   02:03 MD tp; GB as
Inamorata/Funky Tonk   18:53 GB as
Sanctuary Theme    0:41 MD tp; GB out; AM sh
The tracks recorded at the Cellar Door will be issued on the 6-CD boxed set Live At Cellar Door (Columbia/Legacy) in late 2005. This album will also include the 2nd and 3rd set from December 19, on which John McLaughlin (g) is added to the ensemble, and much of which found its way onto Live-Evil in a severely edited form. Details of the December 19 concert and the Live-Evil edits can be found in Miles Beyond.

JUNE 6 & JULY 7, 1972
1999
NEW YORK CITY - COLUMBIA STUDIOS
GREENPOINT STUDIOS
RECORDING
POST PRODUCTION
June 6 and July 7, 1972 sessions: Miles Davis (tp, wah tp, handlclaps); Carlos Garnett (ss, ts, handclaps); Bennie Maupin (bcl); Herbie Hancock, Harold Williams (el. p, org, synth); Lonnie Liston Smith (org); David Creamer (g); Collin Walcott (sitar); Michael Henderson (el. b); poss. Paul Buckmaster (el. cello); Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart (d); Don Alias (cowbells, sheep bells, perc); James Mtume (waterdrum, sheep bells, perc, handclaps); Badal Roy (tabla, handclaps); Al Foster, Jack DeJohnette, Don Alias and/or Billy Hart (whistles, perc). In 1999: Bill Laswell (editing, effects, mixing)
Black Satin edited master 16:40  
This master was issued as "On The Corner (Subterrean Channel Mix)" on Panthalassa: The Remixes (Columbia CK 69897). Laswell used sections from the On The Corner tracks "Black Satin" and "Helen Butte." Musical analysis:
          From "Black Satin" (part 1):          From "Helen Butte":
  • 00:00 - Intro (keyboards, sitar, tabla, perc)
  • 00:29 - Groove (bass, guitar, drums join in)
  • 01:19 - THEME (6 times) by wah tp, ss & whistle
  • 02:46 - Miles brief solo
  • 03:28 - THEME (6 times)... slow fade out
  • 04:57 - keyboards interlude
  • 05:15 - Groove
  • 05:33 - THEME (3 times)
  • 00:00 - Intro (keyboards, sitar, tabla, perc)
  • 00:29 - Groove (bass, guitar, drums join in)
  • 01:19 - THEME (6 times) by wah tp, ss & whistle
  • 02:46 - Miles brief solo
  • 03:28 - THEME (6 times)... slow fade out
  • 04:57 - keyboards interlude
  • 05:15 - Groove
  • 05:33 - THEME (3 times)

JULY 8, 1973 MONTREUX - CONVENTION CENTER LIVE
Miles Davis (tp, wah tp, org); Dave Liebman (ss, ts, fl); Reggie Lucas (g) on right; Pete Cosey (g, 12-string g, autoharp, cowbell, sheepbells, castanetas, perc) on left; Mike Henderson (el. b); Al Foster (d); James "Mtume" Foreman (cga, water drum, rhythm box)
1st set:
Moja   08:07 MD tp wtp; DL ss; PC g 12-string; JM cg
Nne   08:28 MD tp wtp; DL ss; PC g ; JM cg
Tune In 5   19:49 DL ss; ts; PC g, 12-string cb sh ca pe; JM cg wd
2nd set:
Ife   27:24 MD wtp org; DL ss fl; PC g 12-string au cb ca pe; JM cg rb
Calypso Frelimo   16:00 MD tp wtp; DL ss ts; PC g cb sh pe; JM cg
Untitled Composition #4   14:35 MD wtp org; DL ss; PC g cb sh pe: JM cg wd; add Claude Nobs (m.c.)
“Moja” & “Nne” fill track 1 (CD 1) entitled “Miles in Montreux ’73, #1.”
“Tune in 5” corresponds with track 2 (CD 1) entitled “Miles in Montreux ’73, #2”.
A 4:15 excerpt of “Ife”was also issued on Highlights from the Complete Miles Davis at Montreux.
This is the first known recording of “Calypso Frelimo”; it remained in the live band repertoire until 1975. The composition is structured in three sections:
   • 1st Movement (0:00): Coded phrase by Miles (org - 0:00) Foreman (cga - 0:02); Liebman (ts - 1:25)
   • 2nd Movement (4:18): Liebman (cont.); Cosey (5:10 - incl. interplay w. Davis on tp at 6:12); Davis (tp & wah tp - 9:10); Foreman (cga briefly at 10:18) Coded phrase (10:34) by Miles (org)
   • 3rd Movement (Tempo 1 - 10:34): Foreman (cga cont.); Davis (wah tp - 14:59).
No title is known for the last track which was performed for the first time in Tokyo on June 20, 1973, and for the last time in Berlin on November 10, 1973.

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