Water Babies (album)

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Water Babies
Studio album by Miles Davis
Released November 2, 1976
Recorded June 7, 13, 23, 1967 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York;
November 11–12, 1968 at Columbia Studio B, New York
Genre Jazz-fusion, post-bop
Length 53:05 (original)
63:10 (2002 reissue)
Label Columbia/Legacy
Producer Teo Macero
Miles Davis chronology
Water Babies
Dark Magus
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Water Babies is a studio album by Miles Davis. Released during Miles Davis's retirement in the second half of the seventies, it is a collection of stylistically diverse "leftovers" spanning eighteen months, from the Nefertiti sessions with the Miles Davis Quintet (1967) to the experimental, transitional period between Filles de Kilimanjaro and In a Silent Way (late 1968).

Due to these recordings being released years after they were recorded, the three Wayne Shorter compositions recorded during the 1967 session had made their first appearance in 1969 on Shorter's album Super Nova in a much more free jazz, avant-garde style.

Side 1 features the second great quintet of Davis, Shorter, Hancock, Williams and Carter. On Side 2, Ron Carter is replaced by Dave Holland and Chick Corea doubles with Hancock on electric piano; this line-up is very similar to the one that recorded In a Silent Way, tracks 4 to 6 being from those sessions. Shorter would switch from tenor to soprano saxophone after this session.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Wayne Shorter except as noted.

1976 original LP version[edit]

Side one
  1. "Water Babies"– 5:06
  2. "Capricorn" – 8:26
  3. "Sweet Pea" – 7:59
Side two
  1. "Two Faced" – 18:00
  2. "Dual Mr. Anthony Tillmon Williams Process" (Miles Davis, Tony Williams) – 13:20

2002 CD reissue[edit]

  1. "Water Babies" – 5:06
  2. "Capricorn" – 8:26
  3. "Sweet Pea" – 7:59
  4. "Two Faced" – 18:00
  5. "Dual Mr. Anthony Tillmon Williams Process" (Miles Davis, Tony Williams) – 13:20
  6. "Splash" (Miles Davis) – 10:05


Tracks 1-3[edit]

Tracks 4-6[edit]


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Water Babies [Bonus Track] - Miles Davis | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 20 July 2011.