Miles Davis – “Bitches Brew (1970)

April 8, 2011 at 6:29 am (Miles Davis, Music, Reviews & Articles)

May 28, 1970 review by Langdon Winner from Rolling Stone of this seminal jazz fusion classic…

Miles’ music continues to grow in its beauty, subtlety and sheer magnificence. Bitches Brew is a further extension of the basic idea he investigated in his two previous albums, Filles de Kilimanjaro and In a Silent Way. In a larger sense, however, the record is yet another step in the unceasing process of evolution Miles has undergone since the Forties. The man never stops to rest on his accomplishments. Driven forward by a creative elan unequaled in the history of American music, he incorporates each successive triumph into the next leap forward.

The wonderful thing about Miles’ progress is that he encourages others to grow with him. Within the context of his sound there is more than enough room for both his musicians and his listeners to pursue their own special visions. Looking back on the history of Miles’ ensemble, we find the likes of John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, and Wayne Shorter. He always seems to select the best young jazzmen in the country and then gives them the freedom to develop their own unique modes Read the rest of this entry »

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