AUGUST 31, 2010
Miles Davis Live In Copehagen, 1969
Watch Rare, Bitches Brew-Era Miles Davis Concert At Nat Geo Music
To celebrate the release of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition, Nat Geo Music is teaming up with Sony Legacy/Columbia Records to offer up a rare live Miles Davis performance from Copenhagen, November 1969 - streaming here on August 31st from 2 - 5 pm, EST.
Recorded at the end of a tumultuous decade (August 1969), Miles Davis' Bitches Brew reflected the chaos and beauty of a society stretched (and stressed) to its breaking point. This genre-bending, barrier-smashing double LP would become Miles' first RIAA gold album.
Released in April of 1970, Bitches Brew was informed by and reflective of the music that Miles heard being produced in the late-'60s by Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, James Brown, Santana, Marvin Gaye and others, as well as the Beatles' post-production editing pyrotechnics. The original double-LP's six tracks, as formulated in the studio by Miles and his long-time producer Teo Macero, presented a seismic breakthrough in jazz/rock/funk/R&B. The tracks comprised the 20-minute side-long "Pharaoh's Dance" (a Joe Zawinul composition), followed by four Miles compositions, the 27-minute side-long "Bitches Brew," then "Spanish Key," "John McLaughlin," and "Miles Runs the VooDoo Down," concluding with the Wayne Shorter composition, "Sanctuary."
In this performance, which is also included as a DVD in the Super Deluxe Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition package, Davis and a quintet comprised of Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette perform selections from Bitches Brew and other Miles albums, including E.S.P. and In a Silent Way, at Tivoli Konsertsal, in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 4th, 1969.
It's a rare chance to see some of the key Bitches Brew players on the stage together, this group would only play
together until March of 1970 with the departure of Wayne Shorter, who went on to form Weather Report.
Check it out: