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Miles Ahead session details

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June 4-14, 1969 (4 items; TT = 59:02)
Plugged Nickel Club, Chicago IL
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) 13:29
2 Masqualero (W. Shorter) 13:39
3 Agitation (incomplete) (M. Davis) 16:34

Splice at 0:18
4 Milestones (incomplete) (M. Davis) 15:20

Cut off at 15:20


The date of this set is uncertain. The Davis Quintet was booked at the Plugged Nickel from June 4-14 (Wednesday-Saturday), with a break on Monday-Tuesday, June 9-10. One of the concerts was reviewed in Down Beat (August 7, 1969), where reviewer Larry Kart remarked, "Outside of Charlie Parker's best units, I don't think there's ever been a group so at ease at up tempos as Miles Davis's current quintet. Their relaxation at top speed enables them to move at will from the 'hotness' up-tempo playing usually implies to a serene lyricism in the midst of turmoil."

The Quintet was busy throughout the first half of 1969, and there were three dates at the Village Gate: April 25-26, May 23-24, and July 29-August 10. During this time other engagements included the Duffy's Backstage, Rochester (February 25-March 2); Cellar Door, Washington (March 10-15); SUNY-Stony Brook Gymnasium (March 21); 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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