Sorcerer (Miles Davis album)

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Miles Davis Sorcerer.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 23, 1967[1]
RecordedMay 16–24, 1967
30th Street Studio B, New York City
August 21, 1962 (track 7)
30th Street Studio A, New York
GenreJazz, post-bop,[2] modal jazz
ProducerTeo Macero
Miles Davis chronology
Miles Smiles
Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat[4]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[5]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings [8]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[7]
Tom Hull – on the WebA−[9]

Sorcerer is an album recorded in May 1967 by the Miles Davis quintet. It is the third of six albums that this quintet recorded. It also includes one track from a 1962 session with vocalist Bob Dorough, which was the first time Wayne Shorter recorded with Davis. Davis does not play on the second track, "Pee Wee".[10] The album's cover is a profile photo of actress Cicely Tyson, who at the time was Davis's girlfriend (and later his wife).


The only tune from the album known to have appeared in Davis's live performances is "Masqualero", written by Wayne Shorter. Davis's groups performed it as part of the concerts documented on Live in Europe 1967, Live in Europe 1969, It's About that Time (recorded in March 1970), and Black Beauty (recorded in April 1970). The tune is also featured on Chick Corea's Piano Improvisations Vol. 2 (recorded in 1971), and was revived by Wayne Shorter nearly thirty years later, appearing on Footprints Live! (recorded in 2001), featuring his acoustic quartet.

The CD reissue includes alternate takes of "Masqualero" and "Limbo". The alternate take of "Limbo" was recorded in Los Angeles on May 9, several days before the final take was recorded in New York City. This take also replaces Ron Carter with bassist Buster Williams. Both versions of "Masqualero" were recorded on the same date and with the same personnel.

Track listing[edit]

Columbia – CS 9532[11]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording session[1]Length
1."Prince of Darkness"Wayne ShorterMay 24, 19676:37
2."Pee Wee"Tony WilliamsMay 24, 19674:49
3."Masqualero"Wayne ShorterMay 17, 19678:53
4."The Sorcerer"Herbie HancockMay 17, 19675:10
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording session[1]Length
1."Limbo"Wayne ShorterMay 16, 19677:13
2."Vonetta"Wayne ShorterMay 16, 19675:36
3."Nothing Like You"Bob Dorough, Fran LandesmanAugust 21, 19621:55
Total length:40:03


The lineup differs greatly on the track "Nothing Like You", since it was recorded several years prior:


  1. ^ a b c "Sorcerer – Miles Davis". Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  2. ^ Bailey, C. Michael (April 11, 2008). "Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop". All About Jazz. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Sorcerer – Miles Davis | AllMusic". Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  4. ^ Quinn, Bill; et al. (2007). Alkyer, Frank; Enright, Ed; Koransky, Jason (eds.). The Miles Davis Reader. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 244–6. ISBN 1617745707. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  6. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (June 17, 2012). "Miles Davis – Sorcerer". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  7. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 58. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  8. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 346. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  9. ^ Hull, Tom (n.d.). "Grade List: Miles Davis". Tom Hull – on the Web. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  10. ^ Jack Chambers (1998). Milestones: The Music And Times Of Miles Davis. Da Capo Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0306808494.
  11. ^ "Miles Davis – Sorcerer". Discogs. Retrieved February 4, 2017.

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