Miles Davis: Seven Steps To Heaven

Miles Davis: Seven Steps To Heaven
Seven Steps To Heaven

With his quintet disbanded, and a tour scheduled for the West Coast, Miles hired
George Coleman, who had been recommended by John Coltrane, and Ron Carter, a
young graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and very active in the New York
scene. Frank Butler, at the time the top Black drummer in L.A., a kind of West Coast
Philly Joe Jones, and Victor Feldman, an English pianist, joined them for a recording
session. The band’s repertoire reflected Feldman’s influence. He composed
“Joshua,” co-composed “Seven Steps To Heaven,” and recommended “So Near, So
Far,” composed by two British compatriots. However, only three of the four ballads
(played by the quartet without the saxophone) were included in the album. Miles rerecorded
the three other more spirited pieces with Tony Williams, the young drummer
he had just discovered through Jackie McLean when he returned to New York. Victor
Feldman stayed in California, and Herbie Hancock completed this new quintet. For
two days, Miles listened to them rehearse over his apartment’s intercom. On the third
day, he joined them, and the next day he brought them into the studio. He knew that
this group would bring down the house.
Original issue: Columbia LP CS 8851
on July 15, 1963
Producer: Teo Macero
Engineer: Fred Plaut
April 16, 1963 (a)
Miles Davis (tpt); George Coleman
(ts - on track 7 only); Victor Feldman (p);
Ron Carter (b); Frank Butler (d)
Columbia Studios, Los Angeles
April 17, 1963 (b)
Same personnel as April 16,
except omit George Coleman (ts)
Columbia Studios, Los Angeles
May 14, 1963 (c)
Miles Davis (tpt); George Coleman (ts);
Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b);
Tony Williams (d)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC

1 Basin Street Blues [b]
2 Seven Steps To Heaven [c]
3 I Fall In Love Too Easily [a]
4 So Near, So Far [c]
5 Baby Won't You Please Come Home [a]
6 Joshua [c]
7 So Near, So Far [a]
8 Summer Night [b]

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