Monday

Miles Davis

Deep Brew (Bitches Brew Recording Sessions) - 1969
Volume 1, Volume 2
Aside from being among the most powerful statements in the history of recorded music, Miles Davis' 1969 Bitches Brew LP also stands as a testament to the incredible editing work of the album's producer, Teo Macero. Throughout three studio sessions on August 19-21, 1969, Miles led ensembles of up to 13 musicians through numerous song sketches, bizarre atonal experiments and dense polyrhythmic vamps that forced them to listen closely to one another and allow the music to take on a life of its own. In some of the quieter moments you can actually hear Miles giving instructions by snapping his fingers to set the tempo, telling individuals where to solo, or, in his distinctive whisper, saying, "Keep it tight"; indicating that all the while he and Macero maintained a clear picture of how they would fuse these sections into cohesive compositions. Considering this method of recording, the resulting LP is nothing short of astonishing.

Going well beyond the expansive Complete Bitches Brew Sessions box set, Deep Brew, Volumes 1 & 2 collects nearly all of the material recorded during those August sessions. Amazing stuff.

*Many, many thanks to Heat Warps' visitor Hansame for sharing this incredible set!

11 comments:

Ace said...

The second volume is unavailable. Possible re-up?

Saw the Brownstar Sessions for The Captain has been fixed. Too awesome!

jay said...

Thank you. what a great post best wishes

Anonymous said...

With the traffic here along with the link to the discs from Totally Fuzzy it is probably getting alot of traffic (1st time I have ever seen this posted anywhere in 4 years of mp3 downloading) - it may become unavailable or have a slow download rate depending on traffic

JR HeatWarp said...

Both links are up and running smoothly. If you have a problem downloading, try again after a few minutes. These discs are well worth it!

Enjoy.

thebeathunters said...

sublime document! it feels like being right there in the studio with these guys...
do you have knowledge of any footage of rehearsals from this period that made its way to dvd? i only know about "miles at isle of wight"
thanks to you and hansame for the brew!

JR HeatWarp said...

Hey Beathunters! In Miles' autobiography (highly recommended if you haven't checked it out already), he mentioned how much he wished these sessions would have been filmed, since they were so increcible to watch. Sadly, we can only imagine.

thebeathunters said...

hi
well, as far as inspiration goes, the power of our imagination thinking about these sessions is already an achievement...
i must say that the amazing job you're doing here, in the good company of a few other fine spots (orgy in rythm, paroahs dance, dust2dust to name a few) really makes me feel like joining the club again (i used to run naugahyde life + a bigger splash blogs - check http://biggersplash.blogspot.com/
and share a few gems from the good ol' days...
anyway, in order to warm-up i spent some time in my collection and found a miles "isle of wight" lp on cbs with a version of "call it anything" (17:29) and a few other short versions "for the first time on lp!" (as said the liner notes):
great expectations(1969), little blue frog (1969), molester(part1&2)
1972, holly-wuud and big fun (1973)
that, believe it or not, were only previously issued on 45rpm.
if these babies are of any interest to you ( i'm sure they are but you may already got them) i'll be happy to share them with you asap
keep me posted
cheers

thebeathunters said...

hey
maybe this could be interesting
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290087279739&fromMakeTrack=true

Anonymous said...

lovely! thanks geezer..
james

Anonymous said...

Regarding Miles on Isle of Wight LP, the side two 45 rpm tracks had only been available on 33 rpm IN THAT FORM, that is edited for 45 rpm release. However, side A "Call it Anything" is truly unique to that album, and a great great track.
The DVD Electric Miles - A different kind of blue has extensive footage from Isle of Wight...

Harold Holt said...

Man - this is just amazing stuff! I thought I had all this having bought all the box sets and reissues. Boy was I wrong! Amazing to hear the evolution of these pieces and in such amazing fidelity. Somebody's labour of love no doubt. Thanks a mill for putting this up here.