Exposé Online banner

Miles Davis — The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
(Columbia C4K 65570, 1970/1998, 4CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2017-07-20

The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions Cover art

I remember when I first got in this box set, there were a whole bunch of them that were defective because they inserted the discs into it before the glue dried and I had to sent it back at least once to get one that was fine. Anyway, Bitches Brew is one of my all-time favorite albums in its own right and I've gushed about it before, but this 4CD box set adds a lot of extra material to it as well as a remaster of the original tapes which cleared up the sound quite a bit (it's debatable whether this was to its success or detriment but I like both versions). The thing about Miles was — along with Teo Macero — he used the studio as a tool, often taping together various performances and such, so when the boxes began to roll out you started to see some of the pieces that were used in all of the experimenting. Bitches Brew covers disc 1 and a third or so of disc 2 but then comes a lot of great extra pieces as well as songs that would show up on Big Fun, Circle in the Round, and Live-Evil. I really adore this early electric period of Miles that was essentially birthed in 1969 (and Filles de Kilimanjaro and In a Silent Way) and continued on through 1970 as there were still hints of his second quintet period mixed in in all of the electricity before it started to get stripped away for the simpler and more starker variations of later line ups. And one thing you get from listening to this box is just how brilliant Miles was at creating and directing the various moods of different pieces. Overall what's so amazing is no matter how much you listen to this music it always sounds fresh, vital and ground breaking and it really set a high bar for musicianship at the time.


Filed under: Archives, 1998 releases, 1970 recordings

Related artist(s): Bennie Maupin, Lenny White, Jack DeJohnette, Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Airto Moreira, Larry Young (Khalid Yasin Abdul Aziz)

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Sándor Szabó / Kevin Kastning - Parabola – Like the previous Szabó/Kastning duets, Parabola consists of improvisations utilizing different kinds of acoustic guitar other than the standard variety – 6- and 12- string baritones and...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues