Bitches Brew: tough listen

It occurs to me as I listen to Miles DavisBitches Brew for the zillionth time that, although I’ve heard this album a zillion times and have enjoyed it with each listen, I still don’t have a good grasp on it. The pieces I like most (the four extended ones, particularly “Spanish Key”) are too long for me to hold them in my head all at once, and as a result I’ve never developed an understanding of their structure. (The fact that there aren’t exactly many conventionally memorable melodies obviously doesn’t help either.) As a result I always feel a bit uncomfortable listening to Bitches Brew - while at any moment I’m usually really liking what I’m hearing, I’m still unable to put any given moment into a larger context.

Guess that just means I’ll have to listen to it more.

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