Miles Davis: Bitches Brew Live | The Reviews Are In

Bitches Brew Live was released last week and the response has been consistently positive for the live edition of the Miles Davis classic. Here’s a quick look at some of the album reviews of Bitches Brew Live.

Los Angeles Times

The question is, does the average jazz fan need yet another Miles Davis set?

In a word, probably. In fact, this album could be the choice for anyone who’s heard all the (justified) hype and acclaim behind the jazz-meets-rock amalgam “Bitches Brew” but hasn’t been able to crack its dark and sometimes thorny code. Along with the six-disc “Cellar Door Sessions 1970,” this recording beautifully showcases the fire-breathing power of Davis’ band onstage.

seattlepi.com

For Miles Davis fans, this disc is a revelation. It contains nine tracks from two concerts recorded during his landmark Bitches Brew era. The first three are previously unreleased and hail from the Newport Jazz festival in 1969. The final six come from his appearance at the Isle Of Wight festival in 1970.

AllMusic.com

For Davis fans, Bitches Brew Live is essential: it’s inspired, full of surprise twists and turns, and showcases the artist at a high point of both creativity and energy.

Pop Matters

There are hints of the more untethered sounds to come from Davis later in the 70’s, but this also sounds like Bitches Brew coming to live fruition. The band grew into the album’s space as a live outfit, and the results are pretty amazing—once they get to “Spanish Key”, even if you’re exhausted by all this intricate sound, it’s a funky shot in the arm.

jambands.com

Bitches Brew Live is nevertheless a crucial addition to the library of anyone with a serious jones for electric Miles while also serving as an indispensable historic document on one of the great generational turning points in the history of jazz music.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s