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Bitches Brew & Miles Davis

From the eponymous album (1970).

Miles Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone), Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet), Joe Zawinul (electric piano-left), Chick Corea (electric piano-right), John McLaughlin (guitar), Dave Holland (bass), Harvey Brooks (electric bass), Lenny White (drums-left), Jack DeJohnette (drums-right), Don Alias (congas), Jumma Santos (shaker).

From All Music‘s review by Thom Jurek:

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

I reacquired this on CD recently. It holds up real well . . . if you like this kind of stuff! Album art by Mati Klarwein:
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3 responses to “Bitches Brew & Miles Davis

  1. Fusion at the cusp of what fusion is still, Diddy. All these greats put together by … Teo’s studio exacto knife. It leaves me reel-to-reeling in my shivers even today. I bow to you for bringing us a Bitching dose of Miles’ trumpet and friends Brewing this winter’s day.

    • wdydfae

      Thanks, Mr. Mark! Digging on your wordplay, dude.

      I appreciate the music more now than I did then–I thought it was haunting and impressive back in the 70s but I still couldn’t make much sense of it.

      And the cover art, which always blew me away, matches the color scheme I got here, don’t ya think?

      • Yes, Miles’ cover art and your cover art is a good marriage, Diddy.

        I agree that it’s easier to appreciate the music now than it was in my younger years, too. The mature ear is more accepting to the nuance.

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