In his review of the CD Yule Be Boppin’ (Discography, 12/12), Joel E. Siegel states that Bob Dorough recorded “Blue Xmas” with Miles Davis and John Coltrane in 1962. Actually, Wayne Shorter was the tenor sax on the date, not Coltrane. This was Wayne’s first recording with Miles, a full two years before he officially joined the group. It was Coltrane, however, who recommended Wayne to Miles as his replacement when he left to form his own legendary quartet. Not one to be told what to do by anyone, Miles went through a string of excellent saxophonists (Sonny Stitt, Hank Mobley, Rocky Boyd, Frank Strozier, George Coleman) before finally hiring Wayne.

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