Festafarian wrote: I can't imagine any Deadhead who wouldn't appreciate Bitches Brew.
I think "Agharta" would appeal to many of Our Kind also. And since we're talking Miles here,one of my "stranded on a desert island" albums is "In a Silent Way". It's in my cd player almost all the time. One of those palette cleanser type listening experiences.
As we know, Jerry liked jazz. Just got Vol 3 of Garcia Live series: Legion of Mary which has jazz inspired tracks like "Freedom Jazz Dance," "Wondering Why" and the Donnie Hathaway penned "Valdez in the Country".
I attribute my love and appreciation of GD music to having been exposed to GD and jazz at the same time during my teens. Gotta love public radio, thanks WVSP!
Not unlike the Grateful Dead at their spaciest, Bitches Brew is an acquired taste for many. A listener has to learn to let go and ride the music. I would suggest "In a Silent Way" and "Jack Johnson" be explored as the softer and harder edge respectively from that era.
"Agharta" was such a jam rich performance that only a live album could be. It was recorded in Osaka Japan on the afternoon of February 1, 1975.
Wiki describes "Agharta" as a “more aggressive and dynamic style than the atmospheric sound of Davis' previous electric albums. Its music eschews melody and harmony, and is instead characterized by a combination of riffs, crossing poly-rhythms, and funk grooves for soloists to improvise throughout.”
Extended live jams were not the stuff of critics’ dreams. The New York Times wrote that it was “ marred by long stretches of sloppy, one-chord jams and disjointed sounds”.
Well, that’s one way of hearing it. Later reviews were more positive. (A pattern often applied to Miles by critics a bit slow on the uptake when faced with the cutting edge of music.)
Later in the evening of February 1st, the band recorded the materiel that was to be released as the album "Pangea". Miles was sick and in pain for the two shows and wasn’t playing as much trumpet by the second show. However, we are treated to some fantastic guitar playing from Pete Cosey, ably supported by Reggie Lucas.
Miles Davis – composition, organ, trumpet
Sonny Fortune – alto saxophone, flute, soprano saxophone
Reggie Lucas – guitar
Pete Cosey – guitar, percussion, synthesizer
Michael Henderson – bass
Al Foster – drums
James Mtume – congas, percussion, rhythm box, water drum
"Prelude, Part I" Agharta: