March 4, 1958: Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington record on the same day.

Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington record on the same day.

Added: 2008-03-03

This was a very busy day regarding jazz recordings. Some memorable sessions were played:

  • The Miles Davis Sextet (Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones) recorded three tracks (Dr. Jeckyll; Sid's Ahead; Little Melonae) for Columbia Records at Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC. The first two tracks were released on Milestones.

  • Cannonball Adderley recorded with his own quintet (Cannonball & Nat Adderley, Junior Mance, Sam Jones, Jimmy Cobb) that very same day for EmArcy Records at the Bell Sound Studios, NYC. The tracks (Our Delight; Jubilation; What's New?; Straight, No Chaser) were released on Cannonball's Sharpshooters. The remaining tracks for the album were recorded two days later.
    After that, this first Adderley quintet broke up. Nat Adderley: “Miles offered to pay Cannonball two hundred dollars more per week than both of us took out of the band, it was time to call it quits”(cited from the liner notes of Verve's 'The EmArcy Small Group Sessions').

  • Meanwhile at the Universal Studios in Chicago, the Count Basie Orchestra recorded two songs for the Chairman Of The Board album (Blues In Hoss' Flat; H.R.H).

  • At the Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, California, the Duke Ellington Orchestra played a dance that was recorded and released as Volumes 2 & 6 of The Private Collection.

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