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Bitches Brew Live
     

Bitches Brew Live

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by Miles Davis
 

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Before looking into the musical quality on Bitches Brew Live, it's important to note for cost-conscious consumers that none of this material appeared on the Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition or the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. The material contained here is compiled from two concert performances. The first three tracks

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Before looking into the musical quality on Bitches Brew Live, it's important to note for cost-conscious consumers that none of this material appeared on the Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition or the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. The material contained here is compiled from two concert performances. The first three tracks were taken from the Newport Jazz Festival in July of 1969, preceding the release of the album by nine months. The last six were recorded at 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, four months after the album hit store shelves. The three cuts from Newport -- "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down," "Sanctuary," and "It's About That Time/The Theme" -- are previously unreleased. (In fact, "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" is the first professionally recorded version of the song, and this disc provides the first-known recording of the radically rearranged -- and electrified -- "Sanctuary.") The band on these tracks includes Davis, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. Miles is firing on all cylinders on these tunes. Despite electricity and the beginning of the vamp style he would perfect later, his trademark lyricism as a soloist is ever present. Corea's pianism walks a beautiful line between physical comping and atmospheric harmonic counter statements on "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down." The final six cuts did appear on the massive box set Complete Columbia Albums, but have not been widely circulated. The group for the Isle of Wight gig featured an expanded lineup that included saxophonist Gary Bartz, Keith Jarrett on organ, and percussionist Airto Moreira, in addition to the players mentioned above. The fascinating thing about the 1970 band was its intensity and ambition. The versions of "Directions" and "Bitches Brew" are slightly more abstract; edgier, darker, more ambiguous. The reading of "Spanish Key" is downright funky thanks to the rhythm section. It also provides a fine showcase for Bartz's alto soloing, which is soulfully modal even when it makes conscious nods to Coltrane. One would think that because Davis was playing in front of different audiences, these two performances would contrast, or even clash. Not so; the music here feels continuous, of a piece. For Davis fans, Bitches Brew Live is essential: it's inspired, full of surprise twists and turns, and showcases the artist at a high point of both creativity and energy.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2011
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886978148520
catalogNumber:
781485
Rank:
31434

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Gary Bartz   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Dave Holland   Bass
Keith Jarrett   Organ
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Armando Anthony Corea   Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer,Liner Notes
Reice Hamel   Engineer
Teo Macero   Producer
Richard Seidel   Producer,Liner Notes
Vince Wilburn   Executive Producer
Mark Wilder   Remixing
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Michael Azerrad   Liner Notes
Cheryl Davis   Executive Producer
Erin Davis   Executive Producer
Tom Cadley   Remixing

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Bitches Brew Live 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This is an odd collection, spanning over a year in Miles Davis's switch to electric music. Apparently Columbia had two short concerts and decided to turn them into an album. The music is fine, but I think you would be better off buying full concerts. This might be a good buy if you are a beginner and want to know what all the fuss was about when he turned from jazz to fusion. .