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An unknown
Song
No.9 

      Facets


Today we have a little Miles Davis mystery story but first, I really miss our annual end of the year party (that unfortunately won't take place this time), but I wish us all to jazz-up our days again very soon! I put you some photos of our previous hummus jazzy parties at the end of this mail, until we will meet again.

In a small town in Germany a few days ago after a xmas dinner, 
me, my wife and her mother were having a cozy coffee and cake.
Suddenly my mother in law gave me a CD, Jazzy Christmas songs, "I found it at the food bank where I volunteer with refugees, and I know you like jazz.

I said to myself probably one of those Christmas CD collections. But then I looked at the song list and the musicians where very good. And one thing in particular took me by surprise. Song no.9 Blue Xmas - Bob Dorough with Miles Davis Sextet - (To Whom It May Concern).
Did Miles ever record a Xmas song? This is not something I would expect from him. We drove back home to Berlin, I put the CD on, and once song no 9 was on, I said to myself, "Ah, I knew it, this is not an original song, but someone recorded vocals on top of a beautiful Miles recording." (which btw, I have never heard before). But, how wrong was I! This was an original recording from 1962, and there was even a whole album I hadn't heard about, called Facets, released in 1973.


The album was released as a collectors' item with a collection of tracks that had never been released before. As I kept researching I found out that this Blue Xmas recording was the first time ever Miles played with Wayne Shorter. I don't know if this is the correct information, you can write me back if you know more, but what I do know is, that the next time I'm going to get a CD of Hanukkah or Yiddish songs from my wife's mom, I'm going to check it first and then talk.


Bob Dorough with Miles Davis Sextet -
Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) (1962) - 
listen 


Personnel: Bob Dorough (vocals, piano), Miles Davis (trumpet), Frank Rehak (trombone), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), Willie Bobo (bongos), Gil Evans (arranger) 

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The full album

Miles Davis - Facets (1967) Side 1 /vinyl album/ - listen 

Miles Davis - Facets (1967) Side 2 /vinyl album/ - listen 

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Have a safe happy NewYear 🐨





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