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Miles Ahead session details

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June 21-29, 1969 (5 items; TT = 61:35)
Blue Coronet Club, New York NY
Audience recording (B)

Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss, ts); Chick Corea (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Jack De Johnette (d)

1 Gingerbread Boy (J. Heath) 14:00
2 Paraphernalia (W. Shorter) 14:19
3 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (M. Davis) 17:57
4 Masqualero (fragment) (W. Shorter) 0:03
5 Walkin' (incomplete) (R. Carpenter) 15:16


1 Gingerbread Boy
CD: Domino 891207

2 Paraphernalia
CD: Domino 891207

3 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
CD: Domino 891207

4 Masqualero (fragment)
CD: Domino 891207

5 Walkin' (incomplete)
CD: Domino 891207


The date of this set is uncertain. It circulates with the date "April 1969," but this date is pretty clearly wrong. There are two alternatives. The Quintet was booked at the Coronet June 21-29, and again in October (probably October 6-12). Thanks to Iver McLeod for bringing this date to my attention.

The later engagement ended early when Davis was shot after the October 8 performance. According to one report, "Miles Davis had appeared at the Blue Coronet Club October 8, finishing his last set on the morning of October 9. He drove back to New York with the lovely Marguerite Eskridge, 24, as a passenger. He pulled up in front of her house on 141 E. 13th St. at 4:30, when a cab drove up alongside the car and someone inside fired. One of the bullets grazed Davis's side. The young woman was not injured." (See also the New York Times, October 10.) After being treated at the hospital, Davis was booked for possession of marijuana. As a result, remaining shows at the Blue Coronet were canceled. The Quintet was also booked at Boston's Jazz Workshop (October 13-16), but these shows may have been canceled as well.

My guess, based on the titles performed and the playing, is that these tunes are from the early summer 1969, a very busy time for the Davis Quintet: Village Gate, New York (April 25-26, May 23-24, and July 29-August 10); Lennie's on the Turnpike, West Peabody (May 5-11); Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 11); Plugged Nickel Club, Chicago (June 4-14); Blue Coronet Club, Brooklyn (June 21-29); Morgan State Jazz Festival, Baltimore (June 22); Newport Festival (July 5); Central Park, New York (July 7); Memorial Auditorium, Dallas (July 18); Juan-les-Pins Festival, Antibes (July 25-26); Rutgers University Stadium, New Brunswick (July 27); Sheraton Park Hotel, French Lick (French Lick Jazz Festival) (July 31); The Spectrum, Philadelphia (August 15); Grant Park Theatre, Chicago (August 22); Crosley Field, Cincinnati (Ohio Jazz Festival) (August 23).

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