Posts Tagged ‘Bitches Brew’

Bitches Brew: it clicked!

Sunday, March 30th, 2003

Something about my listen to Bitches Brew yesterday really struck a chord with me, and I definitely enjoyed it more than I have in the past (which is saying something). It inspired me to go out and pick up some more electric Miles today, including the much-hyped Live at the Fillmore East: It’s About That Time (which I’ve wanted ever since I read Dominique’s review at Pitchfork). It’s all good stuff. This live album in particular just cooks all the way through, making the intellectual understanding I feel I lack when it comes to Bitches Brew totally irrelevant. Everything’s just more visceral - one of Miles’ solos in the first set’s “Spanish Key” is just unbelievable, pushing the trumpet way beyond what it should be capable of.

Bitches Brew: tough listen

Saturday, March 29th, 2003

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.