May June 1969 Village Gate

Our second audience tape of 1969 is a brief snapshot from the Miles Davis Quintet’s May-June stretch at the Village Gate. But my god, what a show. Though session details list Jack DeJohnette on drums*, this is unquestionably Tony Williams behind the kit – making this a hybrid of Miles’ mid-60s combo (Shorter & Williams) and the “lost quintet” (Corea & Holland). And Williams is full-bore from the start, not necessarily overplaying but clearly pushing the rest of the band (even Miles) into supporting roles. Understandably so – the man was recording his own killer LP, Emergency!, around this same time. 

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