Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew: The Unconventional and Experimental Album that Exposed Jazz Fusion

Jazz Fusion was a popular type of jazz that became known and popular in the 60s and 70s. It forever changed the way that many looked at jazz music as a genre. Jazz fusion is exactly what it sounds like, a fusion of musicians combining jazz harmonic improvisations with rock music, funk, and rhythm and blues. Being that Miles Davis was an artist to jumpstart this genre I chose to write about Miles Davis’ studio double album, “Bitches Brew”. His album was released on March 30, 1970 by Columbia records. This album was the continuum of Davis’ experimentation with electric instruments. With the electric guitar and piano, Miles rejected the traditional jazz melodies and rhythms. Instead, he favored the rock-influenced arrangements and used improvisation. The album was considered experimental and unconventional. I enjoyed this album because his music bang to have more direction and depth to it than most jazz that we are all familiar with. I enjoyed the inclusiveness of his music. Often times jazz is just the back beat with solos, but Davis includes the whole band in his pieces, creating a collage rather than a simple one dimensional song.  

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