Review1 - Sarah Friedman Review 1 Miles Davis's Bitches Brew Bitches Brew is thought by many to be one of the most revolutionary yet controversial

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Sarah Friedman Review 1 Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew Bitches Brew is thought by many to be one of the most revolutionary, yet controversial, albums in jazz history: it created its own genre of jazz and rock fusion and influenced countless funk and rock musicians. The CD is a double studio album by jazz musician Miles Davis, released in 1970 by Columbia Records. Ted Macero, the producer of the album, had much to do with the end product because of his exploration of edits and studio effects. The album was actually recorded over three days. According to Paul Tingen, author and ‘Zen’ guitarist, Macero used effects such as “tape loops, tape delays, reverb chambers and echo effects.” Tape editing was utilized to arrange and compose innovative tracks. For example, the first track, “Pharaoh’s Dance,” was edited nineteen times. The opening was completely constructed in the studio by using “repeat loops” of some sections. A one- second fragment that occurred at 8:39 was even repeated five times in a row at 8:54. The album was not just revolutionary for its fusion of genres, but was celebrated for its ground-breaking studio technology. “Pharaoh’s Dance” is a twenty-minute track that starts off very mellow with organ notes, faint drums and light saxophone play. Pretty soon Davis and his trumpet enters and the tempo picks up. I don’t believe “Pharaoh’s Dance,” was the ideal way to open up the album—it drifts
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aimlessly for the first five minutes. Soon after, however, the group locks
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2009 for the course MUSIC 273 taught by Professor Forgot during the Spring '09 term at Wisconsin.

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Review1 - Sarah Friedman Review 1 Miles Davis's Bitches Brew Bitches Brew is thought by many to be one of the most revolutionary yet controversial

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