Miles Davis and his Quintet record ‘In Person Friday & Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk’ (1961)

Miles Davis‘ ‘In Person Friday & Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk’ is a live album recorded with the Quintet on April 21 & 22, 1961 at a nightclub in San Francisco and released the same year by Columbia

Track Listing : Friday Night . 1.Walkin’ (Richard Carpenter) – 14:20 . 2.Bye Bye Blackbird (Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson) – 10:02 . 3.All Of You (Cole Porter) – 10:30 . 4.No Blues (Miles Davis) – 09:09 . 5.Bye Bye/The Theme (Miles Davis, Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson) – 02:36 . 6.Love, I’Ve Found You (Reverend C.L. Moore, Danny Small) – 01:59 . Saturday Night . 1.Well, You Needn’T (Thelonious Monk) – 04:42 . 2.Fran-Dance (Miles Davis) – 06:06 . 3.So What (Miles Davis) – 12:44 . 4.Oleo (Sonny Rollins) – 05:12 . 5.If I Were A Bell (Frank Loesser) – 08:40 . 6.Neo (Miles Davis) – 12:51

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Musicians : Miles Davis – Trumpet . Hank Mobley – Sax (Tenor) . Wynton Kelly – Piano . Paul Chambers – Bass . Jimmy Cobb – Drums

Production : Produced By Irving Townsend Harold Chapman – Engineer

Package : Ralph J. Gleason – Liner Notes . Chuck Stewart asterisques RVM – Photography . Leigh Wiener – Cover Photo

Recorded On April 21 & 22, 1961 At Black Hawk Nightclub In San Francisco.

Released In 1961 By Columbia.

(Source Miles Davis – In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk | Official Site)


There are three points that keep coming up when listening to this music with an ear toward evaluating its relative worth in the Davis canon. The first is that this was a fascinating period for the leader, whose solo style was in the process of redefinition. […]

All About Jazz
Mobley spins some wonderful yarns despite some reed problems, although his melodic style is similar to Davis’ and as such there’s much less of a contrast between the two lead voices. […]

Jerry Jazz Musician.
The recording itself was relatively popular (reaching #9 on the Billboard jazz chart) and was described by The New York Times as the set that was “the gold standard for straight-ahead, postwar jazz rhythm.” It was also important because it was the first album Miles intentionally recorded live with his group. […]


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