Miles Davis: The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (Columbia C4K 65570).
Miles Davis Noun 1. Miles Davis - United States jazz musician; noted for his trumpet style (1926-1991)
Miles Dewey Davis Jr., Davis : The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (Columbia C4K C4K College for Kids 65570)
It really is hard to believe that it has been nearly three decades since Miles Davis's Bitches Brew (sic -- for some reason, an apostrophe apostrophe, figure of speech
apostrophe, figure of speech in which an absent person, a personified inanimate being, or an abstraction is addressed as though present. was never was part of the title) was released in a 2-LP set. I was not a huge jazz fan at the time, but I got the album and played it over and over and over for years and years and years. A few years back I picked up a cassette version to play in the car, and I was truly excited to finally get it on CD when it was initially released in that format. But especially after hearing the Panthalassa Miles Davis remixes by Bill Laswell Bill Laswell (born February 12, 1955 in Salem, Illinois and raised in Albion, Michigan) is an American bassist, producer and record label owner. He is married to Ethiopian singer Gigi. , I was eager for a remix/remastering of this classic set. Now we have a 4-CD set featuring not only the original cuts off the old LP, but other music recorded during the same sessions, some of it released on other LPs over the years, some of it seeing the light of day for the first time in this collection. In terms of a "review," it is hard to know where to begin. There is so much here! Think on this: I recently got in a new recording of the Mahler 3rd Symphony for review, and I have been daunted daunt
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin by the task of undertaking a thorough listening of such a large, complex work, one of the grandest symphonies in the symphonic literature. As big as it is, however, it is less than half (in terms of sheer length) of what The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions represents. And no, I am not equating Mahler with Miles. Still, just as the compostional complexity of a Mahler symphony means that it can be listened to over and over again without the listener ever truly coming to grips with it, so the music created by Miles and his cohort can serve as a source of repeated musical stimulation. Cuts such as "Spanish Key," "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down," and "Sanctuary" still sound fresh and exciting to me, even though I have heard them all literally hundreds of times over the past two-dozen-plus years. Perhaps the strangest cut from the whole set is "Feio," attributed to Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter (born August 25 1933) is an American jazz composer and saxophonist, commonly regarded as one of the more important American jazz sax players and composers since the 1960s. , which sounds for all the world to be a jazz tone poem describing a barnyard -- chickens, ducks, hound dogs, and all.
The packaging for the set is deluxe, with an introductory essay by Carlos Santana plus lengthy, informative essays on the music and the recording sessions by Quincy Troupe and Bob Belden, respectively. There are also the original liner notes by Ralph J. Gleason Ralph J. Gleason (1917-1975) was an influential American jazz and pop music critic. He contributed for many years to the San Francisco Chronicle, was a founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine, and cofounder of the Monterey Jazz Festival. , whose writings seem just as insufferable and silly now as they did when they were fresh and new. -- KWN KWN Kid Witness News (video education program)
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