Yep, you read that right. The iconic groundbreaking jazz-fusion album from Miles Davis in 1970 that cemented the fusion movement from the sixties to the late eighties. Re-issued on its 40th anniversary, it was reissued with extra stuff i.e. a live concert in Copenhagen, Denmark featuring an all-star lineup with Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. Originally a double-LP in print, and a double-CD in the 80s, and when the technology changed again in the 90s and 2000s, the double-CD was converted into some extra stuff that was posthumously released in the decades since Miles’ death in late 1991. Long story short, but when the 30th anniversary was released in 2000, some extra tracks were released, such as “Feio” by Wayne Shorter, and some alternate takes and the CD cover was virtually a facsimile of both the front and back original album covers, with additional notes.
Fast forward another ten years…
Sony/Legacy reissues this iconic recording again featuring the first four tracks from the original LP as well as even more liner notes. To those who have the 40th anniversary CD/DVD, you know where I’m coming from. Miles was in his early forties at the time of composing this record, along with Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter (who were just a few years shy of 40 at the time of co-founding Weather Report later on that year) and in tow were some multi talented musicians who were then under 30 i.e. John McLaughlin, Lenny White, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Harvey Brooks, Juma Santos, and Don Alias. Sir Miles was truly an artist, director, innovator, and a musician’s musician who was decades ahead of his time, bar none!
Bitches Brew would be the first of three albums that defined Miles in the 70s. A Tribute to Jack Johnson (1971), and On The Corner (1972). Many purists, even his contemporaries mourned that the poster boy of jazz would sell out (which he did not do, BTW) to the rock and roll crowd. No, this cat blended in with little or no problems. He was actually befriended by rock icons like Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, James Brown and even Carlos Santana. Miles was friends with all of them and spoke very positively of Hendrix.
So much to say, in so little time.
If you don’t have this, there’s always YouTube!
To those who have it (and love it), enjoy the music!