This week’s Cosmic Jazz takes a final look at Bitches Brew as we play the influential title track of this 40 year old masterpiece. Bitches Brew pioneered the concept of the studio as a musical instrument, with the use of effects and – particularly – close editing of the recordings. We hear this especially on the title track and Pharaoh’s Dance (played two weeks ago on Cosmic Jazz).
JUST ADDED: check out this extract from the Miles Davis live at Copenhagen DVD which comes with the new Sony CBS Legacy editionl of Bitches Brew.
Miles Davis and his longtime producer Teo Macero were responsible for this. The changes were so dramatic that musicians present at the recordings didn’t recognise the music when it was released. Bitches Brew contains 15 edits, with several short tape loops of just five seconds (at 3:01, 3:07 and 3:12) and so this revolutionary work was not only a controversial classic of musical innovation, it also became renowned for its pioneering use of the studio as an instrument in its own right.
We also featured new music from Mercury Prize nominee Kit Downes, remembered the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a track from Terence Blanchard’s A Tale of God’s Will project and paid a final tribute to trumpeter Harry Beckett with a piece from Mike Westbrook’s atmospheric Metropolis suite.
- Kairos 4tet – Hymn to Her
- Lonnie Liston Smith – Astral Travelling
- Kit Downes Trio – Golden
- Roy Ayers – Daddy Bug
- Herbie Hancock – The Song Goes On/Ostinato (Suite for Angela)
- Mike Westbrook – Metropolis IX
- Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
- Sleep Walker – Into the Sun (feat. Bembe Segue)
- Terence Blanchard – Levees
Video this week is an interview with Kit Downes in which he talks about his first jazz record, Oscar Peterson’s Night Train. We’ve followed this with the classic Peterson Trio playing You Look Good To Me. Enjoy!