Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

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140-gram double LP

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Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 95/500!

Building upon the fashionable concept of a double album, Miles Davis released this, the most revolutionary album in jazz history, in March 1970, creating the genre known as jazz-rock fusion, with only six cuts and up to 12 musicians at any given time. This is the jazz album of most influence to rock and funk musicians; most of Miles' fellow contributors would go on to be high-level players in their own right. Bitches Brew became the first gold record of Miles Davis' extraordinary career. The series of sessions, begun in August of 1969 and stretching until February of 1970, were basically obsolete by March, when Miles began working with a smaller, guitar-based ensemble.

But for a time, Columbia Recording Studios was a very magical place to be. Miles added to his Silent Way concept (more keyboards and guitar) with soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, additional drums and percussion, plus African, Indian and Brazilian instruments.

The result was unlike any music heard before or since. A complete rejection of traditional songs, chord progressions, or even melodic conventions, Miles' new thing signaled that music could be just layers of texture and sound. With all of music going through an upheaval, the trippiness of Bitches Brew snared a lot of new listeners, thanks to underground rock stations that took to it.

Miles Davis, trumpet
Wayne Shorter, soprano saxophone
Bennie Maupin, bass clarinet
Chick Corea, electric piano
John McLaughlin, guitar
David Holland, bass
Harvey Brooks, electric bass
Lenny White, drums
Jack DeJohnette, drums
Don Alias, congas
Billy Cobham, drums
Airto Moreira, percussion
Joe Zawinul, electric piano (LP1:1-2, LP2:1,4)
Larry Young, electric piano (LP1:1, LP2:1-3)


Side 1
1. Pharaoh's Dance (Album Version)

Side 2
1. Bitches Brew (Album Version)

Side 3
1. Spanish Key
2. John McLaughlin (Album Version)

Side 4
1. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
2. Sanctuary (Album Version)

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