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BITCHES BREW LIVE offers 3 PREVIOUSLY UNISSUSED TRACKS recorded July 5, 1969 at NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL including the first ever professionally recorded live version of "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" and the first known recording of the revamped electric version of "Sanctuary" just over a month before Miles went into the studio to record what would become his fastestselling album of all time, BITCHES BREW. Fast-forward one year ... August 1970, ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL in the U.K. where Miles is playing with a much more electric, rock-oriented sound in front of 600,000 people! This incredible full set includes the title track "Bitches Brew" and "Spanish Key" played by Davis s remarkable all-star group captured live at the peak of its powers Gary Bartz (alto sax, soprano sax), Chick Corea (electric piano), Keith Jarrett(organ), Dave Holland (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Airto Moreira (percussion).
Author Michael Azerrad s original liner notes incorporate NEW INTERVIEWS with legendary Newport Festival founder GEORGE WEIN, and filmmaker MURRAY LERNER, who captured one of the most spectacular music festivals in history on film in Message to Love: Isle of Wight Festival. Now, on BITCHES BREW LIVE, Fans get first-hand, behind-the-scenes insight into an incredible point in Miles s career when he was headlining alongside some of the then new rock groups including Sly & The Family Stone, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and more!

1. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
2. Sanctuary
3. It s About That Time/The Theme
4. Directions
5. Bitches Brew
6. It s About That Time
7. Sanctuary
8. Spanish Key
9. The Theme

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B004ENAC4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By rfusillo on February 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Tracks 4 through 9 of this CD are from the same performance as the DVD "Miles Electric - A Different Kind of Blue," a fine, frenetic performance recorded in front of an enormous crowd at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Tracks 1 through 3, though, were the reason I bought this CD. This is the 1969 band early on, and without Wayne Shorter, who was stuck in traffic and missed the Newport gig. So, first of all, how many live recordings are there of Miles Davis with only a rhythm trio behind him? Second, this is a clean, professional recording, unlike some of the bootlegs that are in circulation. Third, this band was still somewhat in transition. The performance is less jazz-oriented than the Blue Coronet gig from just a few weeks before. It really does sound like the Bitches Brew band, only stripped down. Chick Corea's electric piano sounds (could it be a Wurlitzer?) like it did in the studio recordings. He is not using the ring modulator effect that he overused later in the year. Dave Holland is playing double bass -- in later recordings of this band, he uses only electric bass. Jack DeJohnette is breaking out of the Tony Williams mold. Overall, the music is more spacious, has more "air" in it than the recordings from the European tour.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This release contains about one hour of live music. The tracks were originally produced by long time Davis friend/foil/producer Teo Macero. Some of this music (the Isle of Wight tracks) has been around on video, and there's also some audience bootlegs of these titles floating around. But these tracks (especially the Newport tunes) have at last been officially released. The booklet contains notes and photos on Davis and the festival era.

For fans of Miles Davis during this period, this collection of tracks (1-3 from The Newport Jazz Festival in 1969-the remainder from the Isle of Wight Festival-1970) is an exciting, important release. Yes, there are some who will feel that Sony is putting out product merely to squeeze some more money from consumers, but there's a good amount of worthwhile music from this exciting period in Davis' career. A Davis fan reminded me (which I'd forgotten) that the Isle of Wight date can be found on the 3 CD set "Munich Concert". Most of the music is from 1988 in Germany, with a different band (Davis, Kenny Garrett-sax, Bobby Irving and Adam Holzman-keyboards, Ben Rietveld-bass, Marilyn Mazur-percussion, "Foley" McCreary-guitar, and Ricky Wellman-drums), with yet again a different sound and feel to the music. The "Wight" track is a bit over 35 minutes long, and is titled "Call It Anything", with good sound. The entire set has some good, late sounding Davis, the only minor quibble is that there's no booklet, which would have been nice.

The first three tracks, from Newport, were recorded just prior to the jazz changing set "Bitches Brew". Beginning with the Davis composition "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down", which left little room for speculation on Davis' new direction, the music is dense and alive.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mark VINE VOICE on February 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
These blistering, scorching sets from The Isle of Wight and Newport Jazz festivals are worth more than you're paying for them... because this music is priceless.

Newport:
The first three tracks are from a 1969 appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival.
If you think you've heard It's About That Time and haven't heard this then you just have to buy this! I'm listening to Bitches Brew Live as I write this review and this is what I'm hearing:

DeJohnette is playing a wild syncopated shuffle and it's impossible to understand how get is getting all that sound out of a little 5 piece kit. Holland is playing in the upper register of his bass and it sounds like an African log drum played at the speed of a hot red Ferrari. Folks, this music is just nuts! It's very exciting stuff. I admit that I had some trepidation when I purchased this CD, after all, Wayne Shorter missed the gig as he was stuck in traffic in NYC. I had to wonder how the "Lost Quintet" was going to sound as a quartet. This version of It's About That Time is just mind blowing - and yes, I've heard the versions on all three of the Fillmore releases. This is pounding, driving music. Miles is spewing fire at this point. It's intense and more focused that those three Fillmore releases. The band here is pre-Airto and maybe that's part of the difference. I like Airto but he can be a little distracting at times. This is just straight ahead and in your face. Rather like what you see on the DVD from Copenhagen that came with the Legacy Edition of Bitches Brew in 2010. The whole thing wraps up with the usual closer - The Theme

Now we're off to The Isle of Wight 1970. The crowd actually seems to know who Miles is and all 500,000 go wild as the band starts and Miles walks on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on February 21, 2011
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It would be easy to casually dismiss one CD with a running time slightly under one hour after the wealth of "box" sets from the vault, since it would seem that the number of tapes which can be cleaned up are thinning out. But this is a solid release which shows the creative electric prowess of Miles Davis and the musical energy that saw no limits on the fusion superspeedway.

The hook for even casual collectors is the initial trio of unreleased tracks from the July 1969 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, which features Chick Corea (keyboards), Dave Holland (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums) in a jazz/rock setting that is driven hard by the latter. Wayne Shorter was missing from the lineup due to getting stuck in traffic. The six numbers from the August 1970 Isle of Wight Festival finds Davis bolstering the sound through an expanded group - Gary Bartz (sax), Airto Moreira (percussion), Keith Jarrett (keyboards), Corea, Holland, DeJohnette - which take themes introduced in the landmark album to new heights. Corea is essentially the lead guitarist in this sonic attack of jazz/rock/funk.

The liner notes provide an interesting historical perspective and perhaps - just perhaps - this is going to start a new focus on issuing material without placing a premium on the credit card limits of fans.
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