Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (Vinyl)

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Bitches Brew is a studio double album by American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, released on March 30, 1970. His record label, Columbia, told him that he had to copy Jimi Hendrix and get into the psych-filled times of the late 60’s. He ditched his trademark black suit & tie/white shirt combo, wore tied-dye clothes, grew out his hair and even played this record in parts live at Woodstock in 1969. The label needed a commercial hit and wanted him to move with the changing world….and it worked. Just don’t mention the words ‘jazz fusion”.
It marked his continuing experimentation with electric instruments that he had featured on his previous record. With these instruments, such as the electric piano and guitar, Davis departed from traditional jazz rhythms in favor of loose, rock-influenced arrangements based on improvisation. The album initially received a mixed response, but it gained momentum and became Davis's highest charting album on the U.S. charts and in 1976, it became Davis' first gold album to be certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In subsequent years, 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. Thom Yorke, singer of the English rock band Radiohea, cited it as an influence on their 1997 album Ok Computer: "It was building something up and watching it fall apart, that's the beauty of it. It was at the core of what we were trying to do.”
It's not known for sure where the album title came from. Some believe it was a reference to women in Miles's life who were introducing him to cultural changes in the '60's. Others think the "bitches" may be the musicians themselves, as, for African-Americans, "bitches" can sometimes be slang that refers positively to someone who is good at something. Other explanations have been given. The noticeable lack of a comma at the end of the word before the ‘s’ implies that it belongs to nothing and is plural for nothing; that it stands alone, on its own. FACT.

 

Available on 2xLP set, 180g heavyweight vinyl package.



Only recently have I begun my journey into the world of jazz. I benefited from taking a great class on the subject and it really opened my eyes. This is one of the first jazz records i bought. A friend of mine told me to be careful; that I might not want to dive right in to jazz-rock fusion without listening to what had come before it first...

I figured I'd be okay, since I was familiar with what came after it...whatever that means.

To be honest, I couldn't really see what was so "rock" about this. It just sounded like jazz to me. But the more I listened to it, the more I realized how much is going on between all the notes here. So much experimentation and just jamming. I wonder why artist don't seem to do that anymore...at least it doesn't seem like it. Press record and just jam! Please!

Anyway, it's one of my favorite jazz records, as well as one of my favorite jam-band records. Lenny White really shows his chops on this record, too. I'd put this near the top of my favorite drummer's records. I also lie anything with Mr. Chick Corea. But what can we say about Miles??? He did so much for jazz and for music and for experimentation. How many styles would we be missing if it weren't for him? Maybe there's not much to say...so I'll just drop the needle on the beautiful vinyl and let his notes speak.


By: MoustacheZoidberg.


A Pharaoh's Dance
B Bitches Brew
C1 Spanish Key
C2 John McLaughlin
D1 Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
D2 Sanctuary



• Artwork [Cover Art] – Mati Klarwein
• Bass – Dave Holland
• Bass [Fender] – Harvey Brooks
• Bass Clarinet – Bennie Maupin
• Design [Cover] – John Berg
• Drums – Don Alias, Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White
• Electric Guitar – John McLaughlin
• Electric Piano – Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul (tracks: A to C1, D2), Larry Young (tracks: A, C1 to D1)
• Liner Notes – Ralph J. Gleason
• Percussion – Jim Riley
• Producer – Teo Macero
• Soprano Saxophone – Wayne Shorter
• Trumpet – Miles Davis