May 1969 Village Gate

Our second audience tape of 1969 is a brief snapshot from the Miles Davis Quintet’s late-May stretch at the Village Gate. But my god, what a show. Jack DeJohnette is absolutely ferocious behind the kit* and goes full-bore from the start – not necessarily overplaying but clearly pushing the rest of the band (even Miles) into supporting roles. The Miles Ahead database lists May 23 and 24 as the possible dates from which this recording originates, which amazingly means DeJohnette pulled double duty recording Joe Henderson’s Power to the People LP the afternoon of the 23rd.

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