Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday Music Muse Day - Miles Davis Big Fun, Water Babies, Live Evil, and Brad mehldau

This Sunday Music Muse finds me still thinking of the Miles Ahead movie we saw a couple weeks ago, and the music Miles Davis was working on at that time. So I had the chance to pick up CDs of music from that Bitches Brew era.  In each case I already own original LPs, but can't resist picking up CD copies for convenience, and the extras the re-issues might have. First up,  Miles Davis Water Babies, recorded in 1968 which pre-dates Bitches Brew, but was not released until 1976.  This is mostly as acoustic outing with the exception of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock on electric piano.

 Next up is Miles Davis Big Fun, which is favorite of mine for inclusion of John Mclaughlin.  The liner notes stated Big Fun was recorded between 1969 and 1972, and released in 1974.  Big Fun feels like a extension of Bitches Brew.  This two CD set  has bonus tracks, which is always nice.

Lastly is is Miles Davis Live Evil, which chronologically should go after Water Babies, and before Big Fun as the dated were recorded in 1970.  This is another two CD set, with cover art by Mati Klarwain, who did the Bitches Brew cover.  Here is where the CD's size doesn't do the art justice as the LP covers did.

All of these will revisited again, and again. As with all the music of Miles Davis there is always something new to discover with each listening.  Enjoy.

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