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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
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3 Masqualero
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4 Spanish Key
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5 Sanctuary
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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 spring and summer of 1969, including three appearances at the Village Gate: April 25-26, May 23-24, and July 29-August 10. Other dates include: Lennie's on the Turnpike, West Peabody MA (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); Miami Jai-Alai (Miami Jazz Festival) (June 27); Armstrong Stadium, Hampton VA (Hampton Jazz Festival) (June 28); Festival Field, Newport RI (Newport Jazz Festival) (July 5); Central Park, New York (Schaefer Music Festival) (July 7); Olympia Stadium, Detroit (Detroit Jazz Festival) (July 13); Memorial Auditorium, Dallas (Longhorn Jazz Festival) (July 18); Municipal Auditorium, Austin (Longhorn Jazz Festival) (July 19); Coliseum, Houston (Longhorn Jazz Festival) (July 20); Juan-les-Pins Festival, Antibes (July 25-26); Rutgers University Stadium, New Brunswick (Rutgers Jazz Festival) (July 27); Sheraton Park Hotel, French Lick (French Lick Jazz Festival) (July 31); Spectrum, Philadelphia (August 15); Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis (St. Louis Jazz Festival) (August 16); Grant Park Auditorium Theatre, Chicago (August 22); Crosley Field, Cincinnati (Ohio Jazz Festival) (August 23); Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis (Memphis Jazz Festival) (August 24).

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

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