Miles Davis: Sorcerer

Miles Davis: Sorcerer
Sorcerer
1998
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On the cover, Cicely Tyson, Miles’ new muse. On stage, the quintet’s pieces now flowed
into one another without interruption, and the compositions recorded in the studio
replaced the old standards. A new repertory developed during their three studio dates
in May 1967; nearly all were written by Wayne Shorter, with the exception of Tony Williams’
“Pee Wee” (on which Miles did not play) and Hancock’s “The Sorcerer,” dedicated to Miles
the sorcerer (Wayne Shorter’s title “Prince Of Darkness” having become the trumpeter’s
nickname). The melodies were madly enigmatic. While great liberty was taken with the
forms and the risks ran high, the group was extremely relaxed up until the chase
between Shorter’s smooth saxophone and Miles’ elastic trumpet in “The Sorcerer.”
Original issue: Columbia LP CS 9532
on October 23, 1967
Producer: Teo Macero
Engineers: Frank Laico (tracks 1-6 and 8);
Stan Tonkel (track 7); Fred Plaut (track 9)
August 21, 1962 (a): Miles Davis (tpt);
Frank Rehak (tb); Wayne Shorter (ts);
Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d);
Willie Bobo (bgo); Bob Dorough (p, voc);
Gil Evans (arr)
Columbia 30th Street Studio A, NYC
May 9, 1967 (b): Miles Davis (tpt);
Wayne Shorter (ts); Herbie Hancock (p);
Buster Williams (b); Tony Williams (d)
Columbia Studios, Los Angeles, CA
May 16, 1967 (c)
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts);
Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b);
Tony Williams (d)
Columbia 30th Street Studio B, NYC
May 17, 1967 (d)
Same personnel as May 16
Columbia 30th Street Studio B, NYC
May 24, 1967 (e)
Same personnel as May 16,
except Miles Davis not on track 2
Columbia 30th Street Studio B, NYC

1 Prince Of Darkness [e]
2 Pee Wee [e]
3 Masqualero [d]
4 The Sorcerer [d]
5 Limbo [c]
6 Vonetta [c]
7 Nothing Like You [a]
8 Masqualero (alternate take) [d]
9 Limbo (alternate version) [b]

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