This audience tape from the Blue Coronet in NYC is one of the better sounding recordings from the first half of 1969 and the second to feature the monster “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down” – 17+ minutes here! This is the fourth circulating reel from 1969, and the band’s evolution across just a few months is astonishing. You can hear them stretching the limits of hard bop and moving into purely uncharted turf.
The quintet would play mostly festivals and arenas for the rest of the year and into 1970, so the club vibe is extra special: listen for the fancy drink order during “Gingerbread Boy”.
Fun fact: A business associate of the club attempted a hit on Miles as he left the Blue Coronet after an October ‘69 gig. Unharmed, but arrested for ridin’ dirty following the incident, Miles understandably vowed to never play the club again.
1. This (inc) (10:45)
2. Agitation (16:50)
3. No Blues (15:43)
4. Paraphernalia (inc, cuts off) (2:22)
1. Gingerbread Boy (14:17)
2. Paraphernalia (14:37)
3. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (17:13)
4. Walkin’ (inc) (15:08)