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)
The full album
Miles Davis - Facets (1967) Side 1 /vinyl album/ - listen
Miles Davis - Facets (1967) Side 2 /vinyl album/ - listen
Have a safe happy NewYear 🐨