Bitches Brew [Explicit Lyrics]

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Few recordings in any musical genre had both the immediate impact and far-reaching effects of Bitches Brew. With this sprawling masterwork, Miles Davis jump-started the fusion jazz era. Although he had begun using elements of R&B and rock on earlier recordings, Bitches Brewwas a radical departure even for Davis. By filling the studio with multiple sets of drummers, bassists, electric keyboardists, and horn players, and then letting them interact freely on sparse formal frameworks, Davis created a busy, thick-textured sound that moved to hypnotic herky-jerky -- or glacially slow -- funk rhythms. Throughout extended tracks, Davis and his handpicked crew -- including guitarist John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Wayne ...
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Few recordings in any musical genre had both the immediate impact and far-reaching effects of Bitches Brew. With this sprawling masterwork, Miles Davis jump-started the fusion jazz era. Although he had begun using elements of R&B and rock on earlier recordings, Bitches Brewwas a radical departure even for Davis. By filling the studio with multiple sets of drummers, bassists, electric keyboardists, and horn players, and then letting them interact freely on sparse formal frameworks, Davis created a busy, thick-textured sound that moved to hypnotic herky-jerky -- or glacially slow -- funk rhythms. Throughout extended tracks, Davis and his handpicked crew -- including guitarist John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul - - toss about musical phrases rather than fashion conventional rounds of solos. The expansive nature of the project set the tone for Davis's innovative recordings of the 1970s, while its liberating tone set other inquisitive jazz players off on their own musical quests. Where much of the fusion that followed has been swept into the dustbin of history, Bitches Brew still sounds as fresh as tomorrow.
All Music Guide - 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. "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. [Some reissues add "Feio," recorded in early 1970 with much of the same band.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644057744
  • Catalog Number: 40577

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pharaoh's Dance (20:05)
  2. 2 Bitches Brew (26:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Spanish Key (17:32)
  2. 2 John McLaughlin (4:22)
  3. 3 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (14:01)
  4. 4 Sanctuary (10:56)
  5. 5 Feio (11:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Dave Holland Bass
Bennie Maupin Bass Clarinet
John McLaughlin Guitar, Electric Guitar
Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophone
Larry Young Electric Piano
Lenny White Drums
Don Alias Percussion, Conga, Drums
Airto Moreira Percussion, Cuica
Joe Zawinul Organ, Electric Piano
Harvey Brooks Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chick Corea Electric Piano
Jimmy Riley Percussion
Jumma Santos Percussion, Conga, Shaker
Jim Riley Percussion
Technical Credits
Mati Klarwein Illustrations
Frank Laico Engineer
Teo Macero Producer
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure electro-jazz

    What makes this album kick? All the tracks are make-it-up-as-you-go tunes. Miles really brought it in session musicians with good names. He even named one of the tracks after the guitarist. The death of Jimi Hendrix later inspired Miles to go more heavy in his music. My mom don't like Miles when he's doing that, but what does she know? Miles left many good recordings behind him, and you must buy this one if you like electro-jazz.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Miles Runs the Genius Down

    No words can even begin to describe this masterpiece. So why write a review, right? All I can say is that Bitches Brew is the answer to the question: If you were on a desert island and could only have one CD, what would it be? This is it. There is no other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what more can be said??

    Simply put,this is not only the greatest fusion album of all time,but one of the greatest albums period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Season Colliding with the Visions

    This whole album is just like this: each artists on it is a season collding with very in depth visions. Some paint the image of winter that stings like a bee, the image of the fall that sprinkles the essence of changes, the image of spring that buds the scent of nature's infant life, and the image of summer that becomes the fire of its feast for all these seasons! No album I have heard has had seasons, visions, planets, and worlds all colliding together at once like this. The first step into the first track is like the first bud of coming to age...where it's the time to reflect on the boundaries of the force of nature. As the other tracks come along, age seems to enclose into the abyss of darkness, where age seems to no longer exists. That's how powerful this album is. It completely sucks you into a drowned world with enough light to take you closer into the sun of great recreation and appreciation for this jazz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    Brew is...heck, it's beyond words. Brew, Kind of Blue, Do Bop, and Sketches of Spain continue finding their way into my stereo rack. Brew was a life altering experience for me. Heck I can still remember the first time I heard it at home three years ago, and even now I can still go back to this disc and find something I have never heard before. The beauty of this music is that...how can I put it...the silence is defening, and the quiet spaces are so full of music...allright, It may sound like I'm tripping on something, but trust me. If you truely listen to this album, and I mean LISTEN, you will become lost is it's sonic soundscape. Do be warned, if the only thing you've heard from miles is his 40-50 Jazz period, this will be a culture shock, and you may want to work your way up to this disc (starting with Filles de Killimanjaro, and In a Silent Way) This is the very defination of great music, what more can I say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An daring experiment

    I have never listened to ANYTHING quite like this double album. I find it one of the harderst albums of all- time. It is amazing. My favorite track is the title track. It is so unpredictable and diverse. A milestone not only in jazz, but in all of music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?!?!?!?

    I'm so sorry to say this, but ''Bitches Brew''is not as good as everyone makes it out to be. There is a sense of unevenness throughout the entire double album set. And another problem is that many of the songs last far too long. Take for example the title track. The song lasts nearly a half hour. On top of that, there really isn't any variation the the song, or the album, for that matter. Many of the tracks sound the same. i respect what Davis did in coming out with something different: that's waht makes artists grow. I just didn't enjoy this particular album as much as I did a Filles de Killomanjaro, E.S.P., Sketches of Spain, or Jack Johnson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece of Fusion Jazz

    B. Brew broke the rules of classic jazz and is the first true fusion jazz album. A must have in any jazz collection. B. Brew is a definite tough listen at first, but after a few listens with the headphones, one will see the true genius of this work. Start with disc 2. Spanish Key and Miles Runs the Voodoo Down are masterpieces. The album has an all-star set of musicians (Shorter, Corea, Maupin, Zawinul, McLaughlin) blending an incredible sound throughout this entire album. Disc 1 is a little more exploratory, but just as good as disc 2. As quoted in the liner: ''Beautiful yet frightening.'' Get this album ASAP.

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