Unreleased 1969-71 Recordings Circulating
?/69 McLaughlin / Corea / Holland / DeJohnette
Les Catacombes, New York
John McLaughlin (gtr); Chick Corea (keys); Dave Holland (bs); Jack DeJohnette (dr)
Tracks: Les Catacombes 1; Les Catacombes 2; Gordie’s Boots
Note: This is a 26 minute bootleg circulating as ‘Live In New York’ and dated 28/10/68. The date is certainly wrong: it can be no earlier than February 1969.
25/3/69 Jimi Hendrix
The Record Plant, New York
Jimi Hendrix (gtr); John McLaughlin (gtr); Dave Holland (bs); Buddy Miles (dr)
Tracks: Drivin’ South; Everything’s Gonna Be Alright; plus improvisations
11/69 The Tony Williams Lifetime
New York radio broadcast
Tony Williams (dr); John McLaughlin (gtr); Larry Young (org)
Tracks: To Whom It May Concern; Emergency; [unknown title]; A Famous Blues; Something Spiritual
Note: Two tracks appear to be from a live concert, the other three being exclusive studio recordings.
21/2/70 Miles Davis
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Miles Davis (tr); Wayne Shorter (ss, ts); John McLaughlin (g); Chick Corea (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Jack De Johnette (d); Airto Moreira (perc)
Tracks: It’s About That Time; I Fall In Love Too Easily; Sanctuary; Bitches Brew; Masqualero; The Theme
27/8/70 John & Eve McLaughlin
New York radio session
John McLaughlin (gtr, voc); Eve McLaughlin (autoharp, gtr, voc)
Tracks: Oh My Soul, Oh My Friend; Peace; Two And One; Earth Bound Hearts; Devotion; interview
Note: Nearly 25 minutes of devotional music and a 40 minute interview with host David Reitman. Apart from ‘Devotion’, as recorded live for The Historic Town Hall Concert 2LP in 1971, none of these songs/arrangements are commercially available.
19/12/70 Miles Davis
Cellar Door, Washington
Miles Davis (tpt); Gary Bartz (ss, as); Keith Jarrett (el-p, org); John McLaughlin (g); Michael Henderson (e bs); Jack De Johnette (dr); Airto Moreira (perc, voc)
Set 2: Directions; Honky Tonk; What I Say; Sanctuary
Set 3: Directions; Funky Tonk; Sanctuary; It’s About That Time
Note: Miles’ group apparently played three 60 minute sets per night on their December 14-19 Cellar Door residency. Most were recorded by Columbia. Edited versions of four tracks with John appeared on Live-Evil; the above two sets circulate in almost complete form as bootlegs. These have likely become redundant in the wake of Columbia’s Cellar Door Sessions box set in 2005.
12/70 Carla Bley
Escalator Over The Hill [documentary]
Carla Bley (keys); John McLaughlin (guitar); Jack Bruce (bass)
Note: Film-maker Steve Gebhardt compiled his fim of the Escalator Over The Hill 1970-71 recording process into a documentary in the 1990s. Unreleased officially on DVD, it includes roughly four minutes of John, Carla and Jack rehearsing.
11-14/3/71 Miles Davis
Lennie’s on the Turnpike, Boston
Miles Davis (tr); Gary Bartz (s & a sax); Keith Jarrett (e piano); John McLaughlin (gtr); Michael Henderson (e bs); Jack DeJohnette (dr); Airto Moreira (perc)
Note: Although John’s name is listed on bootleg CDs of audience-recorded fragments from this residency, no guitar is audible. Nevertheless, John has said that Miles told him it was time to form his own band at a show at Lennie’s on which he was guesting and these dates make sense for that conversation. Possibly John played on a night that wasn’t even partially recorded. A mystery.