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Sony / Columbia

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew | 2015 Reissue

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Miles Davis - Bitches Brew | 2015 Reissue

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A TAV Essential Listening Album.

Bitches Brew is a studio double album by jazz musician Miles Davis, originally released in 1970 on Columbia Records. The album continued Davis’ experimentation with electric instruments previously featured on his critically acclaimed In a Silent Way album. With the use of these instruments, such as the electric piano and guitar, Davis rejected traditional jazz rhythms in favor of a looser, rock-influenced improvisational style. , Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz's greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians.

In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, Langdon Winner said Bitches Brew showed Davis' music expanding in "beauty, subtlety and sheer magnificence", finding it "so rich in its form and substance that it permits and even encourages soaring flights of imagination by anyone who listens". He concluded that the album would "reward in direct proportion to the depth of your own involvement”.

Selling more than one million copies when it was released, Bitches Brew was viewed by some writers in the 1970s as what spurred jazz's renewed popularity with mainstream audiences that decade. As Michael Segell wrote in 1978, jazz was "considered commercially dead" by the 1960s until the album's success "opened the eyes of music-industry executives to the sales potential of jazz-oriented music".

The Penguin Guide to Jazz called Bitches Brew "one of the most remarkable creative statements of the last half-century, in any artistic form. It is also profoundly flawed, a gigantic torso of burstingly noisy music that absolutely refuses to resolve itself under any recognize. - Wiki

“Thought by many to be among the most revolutionary albums in jazz history, Miles Davis' Bitches Brew solidified the genre known as jazz-rock fusion. The original double LP included only six cuts and featured up to 12 musicians at any given time, some of whom were already established while others would become high-profile players later, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Airto, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Don Alias, Bennie Maupin, Larry Young, and Lenny White among them.

Originally thought to be a series of long jams locked into grooves around keyboard, bass, or guitar vamps, Bitches Brew is actually a recording that producer Teo Macero assembled from various jams and takes by razor blade, splice to splice, section to section. "Pharaoh's Dance" opens the set with its slippery trumpet lines, McLaughlin's snaky guitar figures skirting the edge of the rhythm section and Don Alias' conga slipping through the middle. Corea and Zawinul's keyboards create a haunted, riffing modal groove, echoed and accented by the basses of Harvey Brooks and Holland. The title cut was originally composed as a five-part suite, though only three were used. Here the keyboards punch through the mix and big chords ring up distorted harmonics for Davis to solo rhythmically over, outside the mode. McLaughlin's comping creates a vamp, and the bass and drums carry the rest. It's a small taste of the deep voodoo funk to appear on Davis' later records. Side three opens with McLaughlin and Davis trading fours and eights over a lockstep hypnotic vamp on "Spanish Key." Zawinul's lyric sensibility provides a near chorus for Corea to flit around in; the congas and drummers juxtapose themselves against the basslines. It nearly segues into the brief "John McLaughlin," featuring an organ playing modes below arpeggiated blues guitar runs. The end of Bitches Brew, signified by the stellar "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down," reflects the influence of Jimi Hendrix with its chunky, slipped chords and Davis playing a ghostly melody through the funkiness of the rhythm section. It seemingly dances, becoming increasingly more chaotic until it nearly disintegrates before shimmering into a loose foggy nadir. The disc closes with "Sanctuary," completely redone here as a moody electric ballad that was reworked for this band while keeping enough of its integrity to be recognizable.

Bitches Brew is so forward-thinking that it retains its freshness and mystery in the 21st century.” - AllMusic

Musicians:

  • Trumpet – Miles Davis
  • Bass – Dave Holland
  • Bass Clarinet – Bennie Maupin
  • Drums – Charles Alias, Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White
  • Electric Bass [Fender] – Harvey Brooks
  • Electric Guitar – John McLaughlin
  • Electric Piano – Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul (tracks: 1-1 to 2-1, 2-4), Larry Young (tracks: 1-1, 2-1 to 2-3)
  • Percussion – Jim Riley
  • Soprano Saxophone – Wayne Shorter

Tracklist:

A

Pharaoh's Dance

20:07

B

Bitches Brew

27:00

C1

Spanish Key

17:30

C2

John McLaughlin

4:23

D1

Miles Runs The Voodoo Down

14:03

D2

Sanctuary

10:54

 

 

Item description:        

Artist:

Miles Davis

Title:

Bitches Brew

Label:

Sony / Columbia

Format:

2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180 Gram, Gatefold

Pressing:

Europe

Release Date:

This reissue: 2015 | Original issue: 1970

Genre:

Jazz

Style:

Fusion, Jazz Rock

Catalog No:

88875111901

Condition:

New