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Album : Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

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Cincinnati was well on his way in his musical discoveries.  He was expanding his tastes. He had an idea about the jazz thing.  His dad had exposed him to Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Billy Eckstine, Louis Armstrong.  This doesn’t mean CB was sitting down and paying a lot of attention just that he had a passing knowledge of this music and he didn’t mind it.  So when he was turned onto the music of Herbie Hancock, Weather Report,  Mahavishnu Orchestra he was dipping his toe into an ocean of this thing.  It was different than his dad’s jazz (CB would clue into the ties later on when he went back to the roots and discovered all the great music there) but it was still labelled under that genre.

My friend George who was my connection to this (and a lot of other) kind of music pointed me towards ‘Bitches Brew’ by Miles Davis. I’d heard the name but was not hip to his music.  So I got a copy at a used record shop where the clerk looked at me like “Do you know what your getting into kid?”

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There is too much music here for CB to try and write about but from the opening cut I could hear some of the music that was similar to the Weather Report I had listened to.  I guess it was the electronic piano and the groove.  Different instruments pop into the groove, sax, guitar, then the trumpet.  I’d heard horns before but not like this.  I was digging Davis’ sound right away.

I will keep this short.  Babyhead did not have the musical knowledge to break down what he was hearing.  What he did know was Davis and the musicians got into an intense groove for over 90 minutes of record.  Different musicians coming and going throughout. CB was getting to know some of the players from his limited knowledge, Shorter, Zawinul, McLaughlin, Maupin.  They and the rest involved all contribute to this album in a big way.  It’s like some far out orchestra with Davis as the leader.  CB locked in for the ride

‘Bitches Brew’ is an intense record.  Definitely a new direction.  It has a pulse, a funk a lot going on.  A big door opened after this one.  One long jam session.  It is a bitches brew, a Miles Davis brew.  “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down’ would have worked as the title also.  CB was (and is) an album guy.  He got his fill with this one.  But he was going to search out more Davis music, that was for sure.  (Really cool cover. Liner notes by Ralph J. Gleason that educated Babyhead a bit)

So listen to 4 sides of this great album.  I double dog dare ya!

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16 comments on “Album : Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

  1. Yeah, Another Blogger
    October 29, 2017

    This album is SO great. It takes you to places you didnt know were there.
    A revolutionary album, I think.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 29, 2017

      It sure did take me to different “places” in my musical tastes. I picked up ‘Get Up With It’ right after and dug it also. Sent me on my Miles trip.

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  2. Array
    October 30, 2017

    I’m not a big fan of the whole jazz fusion thang, but this is absolutely the motherlode right here. I’m still trying to get a handle on it 25 years after I first heard it. ‘Miles Runs …’ contains so much beauty and truth it’s almost unbearable at times.

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  3. cincinnatibabyhead
    October 30, 2017

    CB was smoking lots of medical marijuana at the time so it helped with the digesting of the “fusion” part.

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  4. greenpete58
    October 30, 2017

    I’ve listened to this twice and can’t get into it. I prefer earlier, cool-jazz Miles. But it must have something, since so many people rave about it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 30, 2017

      I did an exercise in a class once where two people had to argue their point on a certain film. You had to take the opposite view on how you really felt about the movie. It was very interesting and funny on how you could stand into your new opinion. Maybe we could do this on BB one day. ‘Brew’ is out there but I dig it along with the earlier Miles that I discovered after.

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      • greenpete58
        October 30, 2017

        Sounds like a great exercise in psychology…let’s do it! Yes, it’s too “out there” for me, although I like some of the free jazz artists. I played a Cecil Taylor record only a couple nights ago.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 30, 2017

        Cecil is a little out there. Is it a record CB should be listening to?

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      • greenpete58
        October 31, 2017

        Oh yeah, if you appreciate that non-linear “free jazz” ala Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, later Coltrane etc. The one I have is “In Transition,” a double re-issue of some late-50s recordings. I like certain jazz-rock fusion, but mainly the rock folks who incorporate jazz, rather than vice-versa. Although I will say that the “Bitches Brew” band was an all-star assemblage.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 31, 2017

        Thanks . I will check out ‘Transitions’ I like all that stuff you mentioned. My like of the sax took me to Shepp, Coleman, Coltrane etc.

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  5. Jim S.
    October 31, 2017

    I’m somewhere between Pete and CB on this one. I can get into it and I am or have been a fairly big fusion fan. But over the years I’ve fallen away from it. And when I listen to Miles, nine times out of 10 it’s quintets, the acoustic jazz. That does it for me more than anything else. That said, I haven’t heard this one for a while so I’ll add it to the list to revisit.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 31, 2017

      You are in the “middle ” Doc. I also reach for the ones your talking about but I do like to drop in on this stuff from time to time.

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  6. catchgroove
    November 2, 2017

    I am a big fan of this album. When I was a young man I was a a big Kind Of Blue fan. I kept reading how important this album was and finally bought it. I didn’t hate it, but I sure didn’t get it. But I trusted it was classic and kept spinning it. Over time it began revealing itself to me and finally I got it. Over the years it has gotten better. It is one of those albums that just keeps on giving.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 2, 2017

      Yeah. I took it out for a walk a while back and just caught the groove. So much going on with all the players coming in and out. That Kamasi you turned me onto has a lot of the same qualities. So much going on.

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  7. Vinyl Connection
    December 13, 2017

    B’s B has always polarised opinion. These complex, sometimes ugly epics can also reveal moments of great beauty… but usually after a dozen or more listens. It’s an investment worth making (I reckon).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 13, 2017

      I was lucky. I went in not having too much of a clue. I was hearing so much good music at this time. Like I said, Crimson, Mahavishnu .. it was hard edge and it appealed to me. I like Davis’s music but this was the gateway for me.
      (I was just heading over to check out your last “Various Artists ” posts. Save it for tomorrow.

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