Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (August 1969-February 1970) [2004 Reissue] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Columbia's continuing summation of the career of Miles Davis through lavish box set reissues resumed in 1998 with the Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, a four-disc set including all the music from the original 1970 double-album Bitches Brew, plus over two additional hours of music from the six-month period during which the album was recorded. Some of those tracks were previously released on compilations like Big Fun and Circle in the Round, but almost one-third of the material lay unissued until this release. The music is simply fabulous -- the simultaneous birth and peak of jazz-rock/fusion, with a host of major players John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter,...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Columbia's continuing summation of the career of Miles Davis through lavish box set reissues resumed in 1998 with the Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, a four-disc set including all the music from the original 1970 double-album Bitches Brew, plus over two additional hours of music from the six-month period during which the album was recorded. Some of those tracks were previously released on compilations like Big Fun and Circle in the Round, but almost one-third of the material lay unissued until this release. The music is simply fabulous -- the simultaneous birth and peak of jazz-rock/fusion, with a host of major players John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jack DeJohnette and many innovations. There is a bit more evidence of tape hiss than in Columbia's last American remastering of the album, but the revelations of depth and timbre more than make up for it. Though the unreleased selections are distinctly inferior to those released on Bitches Brew, "Yaphet," "Corrado," and "Trevere" are intriguing jam sessions that reveal much about the creative process between Davis and producer Teo Macero during recording. Unlike Columbia's previous sets in the series one treating Miles' period of collaboration with Gil Evans and one featuring the music of his second classic quintet, the Bitches Brew sessions lend themselves well to a box set of this type -- presenting the music in chronological order does no harm to original LP configurations as it did on previous sets, and the music here is another glowing testament to Miles' importance to the development of jazz in 1969, as in 1949. [This set was reissued in 2004 with different packaging.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969092422
  • Catalog Number: 90924

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pharaoh's Dance (20:06)
  2. 2 Bitches Brew (27:01)
  3. 3 Spanish Key (17:34)
  4. 4 John McLaughlin (4:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (14:04)
  2. 2 Sanctuary (10:59)
  3. 3 Great Expectations (13:48)
  4. 4 Orange Lady (13:51)
  5. 5 Yaphet (9:41)
  6. 6 Corrado (13:11)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Trevere (5:58)
  2. 2 The Big Green Serpent (3:38)
  3. 3 The Little Blue Frog (12:15)
  4. 4 The Little Blue Frog (9:11)
  5. 5 Lonely Fire (21:11)
  6. 6 Guinnevere (21:07)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Feio (11:52)
  2. 2 Double Image (8:28)
  3. 3 Recollections (18:57)
  4. 4 Take It or Leave It (2:16)
  5. 5 Double Image (5:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Ron Carter Bass
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Herbie Hancock Keyboards, Electric Piano
Dave Holland Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Bennie Maupin Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
John McLaughlin Guitar
Wayne Shorter Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Larry Young Organ, Celeste, Electric Piano, Multi Instruments
Steve Grossman Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Lenny White Drums
Don Alias Percussion, Conga, Drums
Airto Moreira Percussion, Guica, Berimbau, Cuica
Joe Zawinul Keyboards, Electric Piano
Khalil Balakrishna Sitar
Harvey Brooks Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Billy Cobham Drums, Triangle
Chick Corea Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jumma Santos Percussion, Conga, Shaker
Bihari Sharma Tabla, Tamboura, Tambura
Jim Riley Conga, Shaker
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Miles Davis Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Steven Berkowitz Contributor
Joe Zawinul Composer
David Crosby Composer
Michael Cuscuna Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Mati Klarwein Paintings, Cover Painting
Frank Laico Engineer
Teo Macero Producer, Audio Production
Mark Wilder Remixing, Remastering
Ralph J. Gleason Liner Notes
Carlos Santana Liner Notes
Seth Rothstein Contributor
Arnold Levine Art Direction
Ron Jaramillo Art Direction
Quincy Troupe Liner Notes
Rob Schwarz Remixing, Remastering
Nicholas Bennett Packaging Manager
John Naatjes Tape Research
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Birth of Fusion Jazz

    The first Fusion Jazz album from Miles Davis, received harse criticism from critics when it came out- but just listen. There is not much that can be said, this album is one that reinvents not only the jazz genre- but music itslef.

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