Bitches Brew

Label
Columbia/Legacy
Release date
31 Aug 2010
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
98:04

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Pharaoh's Dance 20:04 124,316
1 Guinnevere 21:06 10,093
2 Bitches Brew 12:49 116,365
1 Spanish Key 2:49 106,270
2 John McLaughlin 4:27 96,520
3 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down 14:03 114,302
4 Sanctuary 10:57 87,574
5 Feio 11:49 35,859

About this album

Bitches Brew is a studio double album by jazz musician Miles Davis, released in April 1970 on Columbia Records. The album continued his experimentation with electric instruments previously featured on his critically acclaimed In a Silent Way album. With the use of these instruments, such as the electric piano and guitar, Davis rejected traditional jazz rhythms in favor of a looser, rock-influenced improvisational style.

Bitches Brew was Davis’s first gold record, selling more than half a million copies. Upon release, it received a mixed response, due to the album’s unconventional style and revolutionary sound. Later, Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz’s greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 1971. In 1998, Columbia Records released The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, a four-disc box set that included the original album as well as the studio sessions through February 1970.

Recording sessions took place at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio over the course of three days in August 1969. Davis called the musicians to the recording studio on very short notice. A few pieces on Bitches Brew were rehearsed before the recording sessions, but at other times the musicians had little or no idea what they were to record. Once in the recording studio, the players were typically given only a few instructions: a tempo count, a few chords or a hint of melody, and suggestions as to mood or tone.

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  • CoryellsGhost

    I always preferred fusion Miles to his earlier stuff. Wonderfully vibrant.

    8 Jun 2:31am Reply
  • RussellChap

    Beyond Jazz, this is magical music, Miles is a magican

    25 May 9:40am Reply
  • rodrigolopes32

    Este álbum me emocionou, fiquei com o olhos marejado ao ouvi-lo.

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    No, I think all the praise it gets is well deserved, both for its content and for its accomplishment. Not sure if it's Miles' best work, but this is a very special record.

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Great, but not as orgasmic as some make it out. I prefer Silent Way and Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi trilogy. I think it's a bit overhyped in light of its historical importance.

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    so progressive. 1 minute into it and you realize that it's something special.

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • krieatywny

    Still high.

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MsGlorimar

    For me, THE quintessential jazz album.

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • parmahn

    Looking for more stuff like this. I'd appreciate any suggestions guys! Listened to this about twice a day for the last week or so.

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Still ahead.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • OmertaDK

    This is the mile stone of fusion. Mind blowing.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • amfetamiins

    this is unbelievable genius.

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • fank19

    This is a whole a new level.

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Lajon_

    it's not In A Silent Way, but still amazing

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • halo_dm2

    There are not words to describe this fantastic gem

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Ali-Red

    I love the album art, and it shows how open this album feels.

    10 Jul 2012 Reply
  • JBThazard

    If you take LSD to this album it will sound like Herbie Hancock's Sextant.

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • flyingairplane

    Best not to pay attention to it

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • THeRhuSta

    @ work steaming "Guinnevere" # physically here but somewhere else.... anywhere an Epicurean's mind takes them! ;)

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • rights_reserved

    I listened to this while falling to sleep; gave me nightmares.

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
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