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

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

by Miles Davis

Overview

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969092422
catalogNumber: 90924

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
Armando Anthony 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
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
Nicholas Bennett   Packaging Manager
John Naatjes   Tape Research
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer

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The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (August 1969-February 1970) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.