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Keeping to his standard procedure at Columbia to date of alternating small group records and big band studio projects with Gil EvansDavis entered the studio with Summer Night - Miles Davis - The CBS Years 1955-1985 to follow up the latest studio LP by the working quintet, Someday My Prince Will Come.
Another live set fromMiles Davis at Carnegie Hallalso with both the quintet and a large ensemble conducted by Evans was issued in Bossa nova had recently become a commercial success in with the single " Desafinado " from the album Jazz Samba by Stan Getzand Columbia executives may have pressured Davis and Evans to attempt something similar with this album.
After three sessions spread over four months, the yield was approximately 20 minutes of usable music, enough for an album side but not an entire album. Evans and Davis never made it back into the studio to complete more recordings, and the project was shelved.
It is unknown whether the music was actually used for its intended purpose. The song was included as a bonus track when the album was reissued on CD by Legacy Records on September 23, In a contemporary review for Down BeatLeonard Feather called Quiet Nights a "curious and not entirely satisfying album". He felt "Song No. Considine was less receptive in The Rolling Stone Album Guidedismissing the record as "halfhearted" bossa nova atypical from their otherwise exceptional work together.
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