Miles Davis: Circle In The Round

Miles Davis: Circle In The Round
Circle In The Round
1979
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By 1979, Miles had been absent from the scene for four years. In order not to disappoint
his public, Columbia put out unreleased recordings from 1955 (the first quintet)
through the winter of 1970. The material focused on 1968, the stunning transitional
year, when the second quintet experimented with a new repertoire composed by the
trumpeter. At first (winter 1967-68), Miles played around with the electric guitar, but
hesitated about the form. In November 68, he increased the number of keyboards,
adding a Hammond organ and two Fender Rhodes that moved as if they were on a
dance floor. A new about face took place a year later after the masterpieces of In A
Silent Way and Bitches Brew. Miles allowed himself to be tempted by the pastoral
mood of David Crosby’s song, “Guinnevere,” with an Indian sitar in the background. But
the most fascinating composition was “Circle In The Round” that in November 1967,
announced a decisive break in the space of one side of an LP, with thematically repetitive
material featuring Tony Williams as the main soloist.
Original issue: Columbia LP KC2 36278
in November 1979
Producers: George Avakian (disc 1, track 1),
Cal Lampley (disc 1, track 2),
Teo Macero (all other tracks)
Engineers: Frank Laico (disc 1, tracks 1, 3;
disc 2, tracks 1, 2, 3, 5),
Harold Chapman (disc 1, track 2),
Stan Tonkel (disc 1, track 4; disc 2, tracks 4, 6)
October 26, 1955 (a)
Miles Davis (tpt); John Coltrane (ts); Red Garland (p); Paul Chambers (b); Philly Joe Jones (d)
Columbia Studio D, NYC
May 26, 1958 (b)
Miles Davis (tpt); Cannonball Adderley (as); John Coltrane (ts); Bill Evans (p);
Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC
March 21, 1961 (c)
Miles Davis (tpt); Hank Mobley (ts); Wynton Kelly (p); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d);
Philly Joe Jones (d)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC
December 4, 1967 (d)
Miles Davis (tpt, chimes, tubular bells); Wayne Shorter (ts); Joe Beck (el-g);
Herbie Hancock (celeste); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC
January 16, 1968 (e)
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d)
Columbia Studio B, NYC
February 15, 1968 (f)
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); George Benson (el-g on track Disc 2, tracks 3 and 5 only);
Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d)
Columbia Studio B, NYC
November 12, 1968 (g)
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); Herbie Hancock (el-p); Chick Corea (el-p);
Dave Holland (b, el-b); Tony Williams (d)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC
January 27, 1970 (h)
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss); Bennie Maupin (bcl); John McLaughlin (el-g);
Khalil Balakrishna (el-sitar); Chick Corea (el-p); Joe Zawinul (el-p); Dave Holland (el-b);
Billy Cobham (d); Jack DeJohnette (d); Airto Moreira (perc)
Columbia Studio B, NYC

Disc 1

Play Track 1 Two Bass Hit [a]
Play Track 2 Love For Sale [b]
3 Blues No. 2 [c]
4 Circle In The Round [d]

Disc 2

1 Teo's Bag [e]
2 Side Car I [f]
3 Side Car II [f]
4 Splash [g]
Play Track 5 Sanctuary [f]
6 Guinnevere [h]

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