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Looking Back On 'Bitches Brew': The Year Miles Davis Plugged Jazz In


Added 08-21-19 06:06:02pm EST - “NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Christian McBride about the impact of Miles Davis' seminal album Bitches Brew ?" an electrified sound that ushered in decades of jazz fusion 50 years ago.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Looking Back On 'Bitches Brew': The Year Miles Davis Plugged Jazz In ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Miles Davis performing at Newport Jazz Festival in 1969. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

Fifty years ago this August, Miles Davis assembled a group of musicians to record the sprawling, groundbreaking album Bitches Brew. With the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone and James Brown in his head, Davis plugged in and brought these electric rock sensibilities to jazz. Jazz Night in America host Christian McBride says the album's enigmatic sound was a departure for Davis — one that has rippled throughout music ever since.

"It's not really rock, it's not really funk, it's not really jazz," McBride says. "Most people would say jazz doesn't really involve loud guitars or electric piano. All of that stuff was recent in 1969."

McBride points out that Bitches Brew also showcases Davis experimental nature with the studio itself. "If you hear Miles' trumpet, it's on a tape delay," he says. "You never heard that on a jazz album before."

As McBride describes, Davis gave his band very little instruction during the Bitches Brews studio sessions. Whereas jazz is based on some sort of structure or form — some chord changes, a melody — Davis went into the initial session with only a few snippets of music for his team to work with.

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