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09.02.2010 | | Posted at 07:41 AM
By David Luhrssen

The DVD is the significant new addition to the latest repackaging of a Miles Davis class, Bitches Brew: Legacy Edition. The disc is composed of a previously unreleased concert at Copenhagen�s Tivoli Konsertsal from November 1969. Nearly six months before the April 1960 release of Bitches Brew, considered one of the seminal albums of that creative and confused epoch, it reveals that Davis and ...
Monday, July 20, 2009

Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet (Concord Music)

Before Miles Davis moved to Columbia Records, where he made a series of masterpieces from the late 1950s into the '70s, the trumpeter recorded prolifically for the Prestige label. The original Prestige engineer, Rudy Van Gelder, who claims the new reissue is "how the musicians wanted to sound," has remastered this LP for CD. Taking Van Gelder at his word, the musicians wanted to sound relaxed and entirely at home in music...
Monday, July 6, 2009

Time Out (Columbia Legacy), Sketches of Spain (Columbia Legacy), Mingus Ah Um (Columbia Legacy), Dance Mania (RCA Legacy)

The late 1950s and early '60s was a wonderful time for jazz. Arguably, the music had never before been as expansive or expressive and has never since reached such levels. For evidence: a parcel of Legacy CD reissues by major artists, the original albums augmented by additional discs containing alternate versions, concert recordings and...
Monday, March 23, 2009

Kind of Blue: Legacy Edition (Columbia/Legacy)

The pop music of 50 years ago sounds so last century. For that matter, most jazz and art music from 1959 wears the patina of its time and place. Somehow, Kind of Blue sounds different. Everything on Miles Davis' 1959 album works as well today as back then. The thoughtful compositions are performed with irresistible...
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007

The Complete On the Corner Sessions (Columbia Legacy)

Miles Davis was the Picasso of jazz, always pushing forward from one period to another, unwilling to be trapped inside the expectations of his previous accomplishments. With Bitches Brew (1969) he codified the elements of what became jazz-rock fusion.