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Dave McElfresh

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  • Listen to This

  • Miles Davis and Bitches Brew
  • By: Victor Svorinich
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Listen to This stands out as the first book exclusively dedicated to Davis' watershed 1969 album, Bitches Brew. Victor Svorinich traces its incarnations and inspirations for 10-plus years before its release. The album arrived as the jazz scene waned beneath the rise of rock and roll and as Davis faced large changes in social conditions affecting the African-American consciousness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thorough

  • By Dave McElfresh on 04-06-19

Very thorough

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-19

A great overview of more than just this album - Bitches Brew requires historical perspective to be best understood and appreciated. I bought the record in 1970 through the Columbia Music Record Club knowing only that it was considered a significant release. I listened to two minutes of the first track before being completely intimidated by music i knew was over my head. Nearly 50 years later I return to it regularly as one of the best albums I've ever heard - this after writing over a thousand jazz reviews in sixteen years. I can think of no better tribute to this monstrously musical landmine than Svorinich's tight history.