, the anointed pied piper, recorded Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). It was to be the beginning of jazz/rock fusion. Maybe better described as jazz/rock/soul/funk fusion. Miles wasn't one to miss out on trends. He saw the popularity of Jimi Hendrix
and Sly Stone, with their rocked-out blues/soul sound, and he decided to get in on the action.
Fast-forward to the conservative purge of the 1980s, when the history books were rewritten with nary a mention of that electric Miles thing. Luckily, soon to be movers- and-shakers like saxophonist/producer Bob Belden
were still listening. Belden later produced the reissue of Bitches Brew, expanding the two discs to four and introducing 15 additional songs from those sessions and the raw materials for the original release. p>Together Belden and Hagans have mined this era before, on the trumpeter's two out-of-print electric releases, Animation/Imagination (Blue Note, 1999) and Re-Animation Live! (Blue Note, 2000), with keyboardist-heard-here, Scott Kinsey
, playing his trumpet amplified by reverb, wah-wah pedal, and appropriate feedback. His echoey take on "Bitches Brew" is spot on, recreating the haunting weight of Miles' quest to change the direction of jazz.
Track Listing: Pharaoh's Dance; Bitches' Brew; John McLaughlin; Miles Runs The
Voodoo Down; Spanish Key; Sanctuary.
Personnel: Bob Belden: saxophones; Tim Hagans: trumpet; Scott Kinsey: keyboards,
synthesizers; Matt Garrison: bass; DJ Logic: turntables; Guy Licata: