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Miles Ahead session details

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July 7, 1969 (6 items; TT = 40:35)
Central Park, New York NY
Audience recording (C+)

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

1 Directions (incomplete) (J. Zawinul) 0:56
2 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (M. Davis) 11:41
3 Masqualero (W. Shorter) 12:26

Splice at 0:31 removes several seconds of talking recorded over music
4 Spanish Key (M. Davis) 11:49
5 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) 3:20
6 The Theme (with applause) (M. Davis) 0:23


1 Directions (incomplete)
CD: Electric Blue EB 006

2 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
CD: Electric Blue EB 006

3 Masqualero
CD: Electric Blue EB 006

4 Spanish Key
CD: Electric Blue EB 006

5 Sanctuary
CD: Electric Blue EB 006

6 The Theme (with applause)
CD: Electric Blue EB 006


Here is another pre-Bitches Brew version of "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down." It's too bad that there is only a fragment of "Directions" -- this is the earliest extant recording of the tune as a set-opener. The Quintet was followed by the Thelonious Monk Quartet with Charlie Rouse, Larry Gales, and Ed Blackwell.

The Quintet was busy throughout the summer of 1969: 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); Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis (August 16); Grant Park Theatre, Chicago (August 22); Crosley Field, Cincinnati (Ohio Jazz Festival) (August 23).

Thanks to Alexander Keth and Bob Hanlon for help with this set.

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