A photo of 23-year-old Betty Mabry, the future Mrs. Davis, appears on the cover. This young woman, who was at the center of the hip black scene, introduced Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix to Miles and taught him how to dress in something other than a tailored suit. The trumpeter—confirming the turning point signaled in Miles In The Sky— continued to compose almost all the pieces in his repertory. Gil Evans, however, had returned to the studio after Miles In The Sky and added some ideas of his own: for example, he signed the reprise of “Petits Machins,” renaming it “Eleven.” The bluesy wildness of this composition contrasts with the reserved pastoral mood of “Tout De Suite” and “Filles De Kilimanjaro.” In September, when the album was almost finished, Chick Corea and Dave Holland replaced Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter. James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” inspired “Frelon Brun,” and “Mademoiselle Mabry” originated in the first notes of Jimi Hendrix’s “And The Wind Cries Mary.” But, as always, the distance Miles took from his model is proportionate to his talent for creative adaptation.

Original issue: Columbia LP CS 9750 on February 5, 1969
Producer: Teo Macero
Engineer: Frank Laico
June 19, 1968 (a)
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); Herbie Hancock (el-p); Ron Carter (el-b); Tony Williams (d)
June 20, 1968 (b)
Same personnel as June 19
June 21, 1968 (c)
Same personnel as June 19
September 24, 1968 (d)
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); Chick Corea (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Tony Williams (d)
All tracks recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC, except track 4 recorded at Columbia Studio B, NYC


  1. Frelon Brun [d]
  2. Tout De Suite [b]
  3. Petits Machins [a]
  4. Filles De Kilimanjaro
  5. Mademoiselle Mabry [d]
  6. Tout De Suite* [b]

* Not on original LP