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Discover Jazz Festival
Flynn Theater Main Stage
June 3, 2011 - Friday
Audio Technica at853rx(card caps) > Zoom H1 [24/48]
FOB Row 3 Center Orchestra
Mastered in WaveLab 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 4.0
Green Mountain Bros.
Graham Hayes – Cornet
Vernon Reid – Guitar
Marco Benevento – Keyboards
JD Logic – Turntables, Samples
Antoine Roney – Clarinet, Saxophones
Melvin Gibbs – Bass
Adam Rudolph – Percussion
Pheeroan Aklaff - Drums
** 24 Bit **
5.Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
--- Program Notes ---
A stunning cast of acclaimed musicians reveals the epic legacy of Miles Davis’ landmark album on the 40th anniversary of its release.
Bitches Brew, Davis’ pioneering work with electronic music, was, in 1970, an augur of jazz’s cross-genre evolution and is,
today, hailed by some audiophiles as the greatest jazz and rock album ever made. A who’s who of jazz, hip–hop and rock artists
pack the stage, led by cornetist Graham Haynes, a major force in contemporary electronic and world music. The inimitable
Marco Benevento employs pedals, amplifiers, circuit bent toys and sundry effects around his acoustic piano setup. The revered
innovator DJ Logic, pioneering guitarist Vernon Reid (erstwhile leader of multiplatinum rock band Living Colour), cross cultural
percussionist Adam Rudolph, in demand saxophonist and clarinetist Antoine Roney and Melvin Gibbs, “the best bassist in the world”
(Time Out New York), all conspire to create a supernatural night that will leave devotees, skeptics and neophytes charmed and
reeling, happily, back into the future of jazz.
Bitches Brew is back. And with its return, a re-birth of jazz legend Miles Davis, as well.
Davis, who played at the Flynn in the early 80s, unleashed a new era in jazz with the breakthrough release of “Bitches Brew” in 1969.
The album’s continued appeal was evident Friday night, as a near capacity audience was on hand for a “revisit” at the Flynn Center.
--- Review ---
“Bitches Brew Revisited” was conceived to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album that took modern jazz to a place it had never been.
Originally recorded in August, 1969, the cauldron of creativity was astonishing in its arrangement (and lack thereof), its new way of
integrating electronics, and in the individual performances of players en route to becoming a “Who’s Who” in jazz.
The album’s visual presentation was also unprecedented. While illustrations had certainly been employed as a central focus in prior
music industry packaging, “Bitches Brew” brought a sensuality that was aggressive yet mysterious. A buyer could spend time with the art,
seeing different perspectives and picking up small details that were hardly unplanned. Discover Jazz included a contest to re-create
the album art, and the Top Ten became backdrops onstage.
“Bitches Brew” album sales eventually waned, but never withered. The notion of “covering” the music in subsequent decades, however,
was nearly inconceivable. Graham Haynes was the perfect candidate to coalesce such an effort. He is a cornet player by trade, but
also has been a central figure in the evolution of jazz that combines various electronic modalities as part of a core sound structure.
As the band leader of “Bitches Brew Revisited,” Haynes gathered together ingredients that made the original brew so compelling —
and added some spicy elements that took the date in Burlington well past the boiling point.
An ingenious tonality was created with the insertion of DJ Logic into the mix. His turntables and samples at times brought jarring
departures, and in other sections became part of the underlying texture. Vernon Reid’s guitar work was simply staggering. He lathered
his solos with effects that were just coming of age in the 60s: fuzz tone and wah-wah (think Hendrix on the latter, Kinks on the former).
Just as you were pulling your jaw up from the floor, bassist Melvin Gibbs would step in and fire off a crazy combination of riffs
unlike any we’ve ever heard. He, too, used the 60s effects, a notion that seems completely improbable yet worked very well.
One of the hallmarks of “Bitches Brew” is its relentless percussion. Adam Rudolph employed a suitable array, playing with
unrestrained velocity. Pheeroan akLaff brought a non-stop fury of cymbals, snares, and bass.
As to Haynes, his role as “conductor” should not be understated. As the nearly two hour piece seemingly ran roughshod over
everything in sight, Haynes, cued his players with counts, shakes, and stares. His playing was sublime, capturing the genius
of Davis in its stark simplicity.
Out on the sidewalk after the show, attendees gulped in the crisp evening air. They’d just been had. It was breathless in Burlington.
Paul Kaza has reviewed jazz and contemporary music for the Burlington Free Press since 1980.
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|Thanks For This!!
A great LP.
I bought it when it was new at 'JC Penney'.
It took a little gettin' used to.
It wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be.
|One Of The First Albums I Wore out the grooves on my G.E. Mustang Record Player along with The Legend of Jack Johnson.
|Very Nice GMB's!
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