January 16, 2014 – 12:24 pm

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Studio Session 1978 [no label, 1CD]

Columbia Studio B, New York NY; March 2, 1978; very good to excellent soundboard.

Thanks to dino000 who first shared this at Dime in 2009; and to propylaen for keeping the tracks alive.

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Davis was coaxed into the studio by Larry and Julie Coryell, to whom he had been introduced by his friend Eleana Steinberg. Steinberg’s attentions were apparently helping to get Davis off cocaine and alcohol, and he began composing again. These items, on which Davis plays only organ, are just riffs, with the standard flashy excesses of late-1970s fusion. Apparently Davis and/or Steinberg suggested as the title for this tune “Amanaura,” but it was copyrighted as “Miss Last Summer.” (See the interviews with keyboard player George Pavlis and Eleana Steiberg on George Cole’s The Last Miles website.) Davis was very happy with this music, and he wanted Coryell, whom he called “Notes Anonymous” on account of his tendency to play too many notes, to join a band. Coryell wisely declined. Davis was in no condition to play in a band, much less lead one. It would be more than two years before he returned to regular touring.

dino000 noted:

Here you have it, Miles’ 1978 session. I disagree with Mr Losin’s description of this as “flashy riffs”. Although Davis only plays organ, it’s a very interesting piece, very “milesian” in character, similar to his mid ’70s music. Enjoy! Check out for interviews with several of the participants.

CDR of “Comeback Sessions” Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 boot > wav > editing in Goldwave > flac 8

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Track 01. Miss Last Summer 5:11 - rehearsal [0:45] take 1 [4:10] Studio chatter [0:13] (8.7MB)
Track 02. Miss Last Summer 4:00 - take 2 (fs) [0:42] rehearsal [0:12] take 3 (fs) [0:08] take 4 [2:48] (6.7MB)
Track 03. Miss Last Summer 4:05 - rehearsal [0:31] rehearsal + chatter [0:58] take 5 [2:29] rehearsal/chatter [0:11] (6.9MB)
Track 04. Miss Last Summer 2:10 - take 6 [2:02] Studio chatter [0:06] (3.6MB)
Track 05. Miss Last Summer 2:55 - take 7 [2:40] Studio chatter [0:14] (4.9MB)
Track 06. Miss Last Summer 3:45 - take 8 [3:40] (6.3MB)
Track 07. Miss Last Summer 4:36 - Studio chatter [0:19] take 9 [4:14] (7.7MB)
Track 08. Miss Last Summer 7:49 - take 10 (fs) [0:03] take 11 [7:09] Studio Chatter [0:29] (13.1MB)
35 mins

Miles Davis (org)
Larry Coryell (g)
Masabumi Kikuchi (keyb)
George Pavlis (keyb)
T.M. Stevens (el-b)
Al Foster (d)

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  1. 19 Responses to “MILES DAVIS - STUDIO SESSION 1978”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Jan 16, 2014

  3. Most of you who read this are probably clueless about Coryell; or think of him as an acoustic jazz guitarist. Maybe some know about his 11th House lineup. If you like Hendrix and Coltrane I’d strongly suggest you check out Larry’s work on his 1969 second solo LP, 1970 Barefoot Boy, 1970 Montreux [the Flying Dutchman label not the 11th House]; and Live At the Village Gate 1971. When will the aholes at Lawrence Welks Vanguard label unleash the rest of the 1971 Coryell Village Vanguard tapes? Probably never. Aholes.

    By rich on Jan 16, 2014

  4. Most of you who read this are probably clueless

    whoa..another darth ..
    you `d be surprised at the musical knowledge that the majority of folks here have rich.

    By dropkick sarge on Jan 16, 2014

  5. Thanks BigO. This is an historical recording and an important one. And Rich…very few of us that come here are clueless about Larry Coryell. We know what’s going on. Obviously Coryell is not a top 40 household name, and why would he be?

    By JB on Jan 16, 2014

  6. No insults intended guys - chill. I thought this was read mostly by people outside the USA who might not be familiar with the early part of Larry’s career when he was at his heaviest. Let’s face it, he hasn’t Rocked since 1972/3. The 11th House Era was great too; but doesn’t compare to the sheer intensity his soloing on the 1969 to 1972 releases. Kudos to Bigo for keeping this stuff alive. And don’t call me Darth!

    By rich on Jan 16, 2014

  7. No problem here Rich. It is great that BigO posts all of this great music. I was lucky to have seen Coryell in about 1972 and he was, as you say, at his heaviest back then.

    By JB on Jan 16, 2014

  8. okay ‘darth’ you !

    By dropkick sarge on Jan 17, 2014

  9. Guys, funny that you intend to let us non-US people know. Maybe it just demonstrates how little you know what happens beyond the borders of your country. Larry Coryell spent some time in Europe working with European bands of any sort. If you are after his experimental jazzrock side (check out Wolfgang Dauner’s Et Cetera (”Knirsch”, 1972) with Coryell amongst others, some of his best solo guitar was published on the German Mood label e.g. “Standing Ovation”, and he has released several guitar duo LPs with Philips Catherine, a Belgian, who plays a very elegant Django Reinhardt-influenced guitar.
    If you can find it buy the ingenious “A Genuine Tong Funeral” by Gary Burton Group and composed by Carla Bley or The Jazz Composers Orchestra with Coryell on guitar (also with Carla Bley; both 1968). … and last, not least Herbie Mann’s “Memphis Underground, which started the Genre called Pop Jazz, but far from the rotten 80s style. Just listen to the interplay by Coryell and a furious ratling guitar by Sonny Sharrock, and else … we could go on for a while. Hope you find some of this stuff and can enjoy !! Cheers, Walter

    By Walter on Jan 17, 2014

  10. To All Good People Of Earth - If anyone has any live 1964 to 1972 Larry Coryell shows to trade please let me know. I only have two 1960s shows - 1967 with Free Spirits in NYC and 1969 at Darby Theater, Grinnel Iowa; and several from 1970&71. Thank you And I’m looking for a copy of the Gen’l. Tong too.

    By rich on Jan 17, 2014

  11. Good comments, Rich. I actually mainly just knew of Larry as a jazz guitarist- so it was a good comment for me. I know once upon a time, George Benson did some work that more Hendrix-y as well (or so I was told)


    By DanC on Jan 17, 2014

  12. Thanks Dan, I figured there may be a few readers who weren’t familiar with the very intense early stuff; and a correction to my recommended releases - get the self titled Coryell from 69 on Vanguard [not Lady Coryell] and get Live Village Vanguard, and Barefoot Boy to really get it. Talk about “blow your socks off” electric guitar solos!!! Good day all

    By rich on Jan 17, 2014

  13. And BTW I played the Miles & Larry 1978 session last night; and it is much better than I had recalled. Larry is trying to be heavy for Miles and succeeds fairly well. Larry puts some “space” in what could have been another boring jazz-rock fusion effort. It’s not Entartasendo in Suadade or Gyspy Queen; but pretty dam good.

    By rich on Jan 17, 2014

  14. Y’all may enjoy the album that Larry Coryell recorded with Charles Mingus, if you have never heard it….”Three or Four Shades of Blues”. It swings, wails and smokes. But I’m probably preaching to the choir. Enjoy.

    By walter on Jan 18, 2014

  15. mice su-prize, big O!


    By I-) on Jan 22, 2014

  16. Love Miles. Love Coryell. Love fusion. So, guess what? I’m loving this! Thank you!

    By Paul on Jan 23, 2014

  17. So, this is the fabled session that’s one of the hot topics in Don Cheadle,s new biopic “Miles Ahead”? I’m quite happy to find this in your archives. Thanks BigO

    By bslakie on Jan 27, 2016

  18. Wow ! I’d recognize this trumpet in a million !

    By Smashmouth on Feb 21, 2017

  19. What do you mean by “trumpet” ???

    By Donald T. on Feb 22, 2017

  20. smashmout probably means “butt trumpet”.
    one question, though — why mp3 and not flac? lossy format is so 1990s …

    By don dada on Mar 5, 2017

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