Thursday, April 21, 2011

Drummer Lenny White on Bitches Brew

Very cool blurb by one of the great drummers in Jazz about the classic Miles Davis album, Bitches Brew! -

Bitches Brew is the album that plugged in jazz, so goes the common thought. It makes for a catchy slogan, but as a summation it is neither accurate nor complete. Granted, it is the electric jazz recording that still serves as a wedge point in the jazz community. But truth be told, the music of Bitches Brew was neither revolutionary, nor was it simply about throwing amplified instruments into the mix.

To many who witnessed the lead up to Bitches Brew, Miles’ double-disc album made sense in the freewheeling context of the era, and was most groundbreaking in its use of rhythms. Drummer Lenny White was one who had closely followed the trumpeter’s path, and was ready at the age of 19—and a bit intimidated—when he got the call from Miles to record on the tracks that became Bitches Brew.

Read the whole article here. 

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