one, two and three.
met up with an old friend the other week and we were chatting about the
blog and he said that he enjoyed reading it but he avoided the jazz
posts... Arch, if you're reading this, you should REALLY give this one a
listen as we're about to get into the relams of Miles davis' electric
Recorded in 1969, Bitches Brew took abstract jazz improvisations and played them on electric instruments with a straight rock backbeat (following on from In A Silent Way a couple of months earlier).
This recording is taken from Black Beauty,
a recording of Miles' group at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, on
April 10 1970. Miles was trying to engage with as wide an audience as
possible (he even dropped his usual performance fee to play at both of
Bill Graham's Fillmore venues). But judging from this questing,
relentlessly abstract music, he could hardly be accused of selling
Miles Davis - Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (live, 1970)
really isn't a whole lot to say about this except LISTEN, because this
is as funky as you like. The band take the most straightforward track on
Bitches Brew, the slow, driving blues of Miles Runs The Voodoo Down, and turn it inside out.
start out slow, low and dirty until the rhythm kicks up a gear at 2:17
(never fails to make me smile); particularly love the percussive
keyboard stabs from 3:10, which get even more frenzied under Steve
Grossman's soprano sax solo (around about the 5:00 mark). Things get
seriously abstract from 7:30 onwards, especially when they start
monkeying around with the Echoplex
from 9:14 - this is the bit that I really love, where they have the
balls to make some seriously messed up noises. The abstract squiggles
finally coalesce into an almighty roar at 11:29
It's not really that far removed from the abstract deconstruction of So What
that I posted in the previous part, just the sounds they were using
move it into the jazz-rock zone. And don't get me started on people who
think that anything after 1966 isn't jazz... It's jazz because Miles
Davis called it that. He's more intelligent than you. Shut Up. Listen.
Man, this recording is 36
years old. Who's doing anything this interesting these days? Miles was
so far ahead of music that he's practically standing behind us right now.
Buy - Black Beauty: Miles Davis at Fillmore West
Visit - Miles Davis (wikipedia)