Leg­ends of Jazz re-cre­ates Miles Davis’s ‘Brew’

Bark­ing Legs col­lab­o­rates with Knoxville Jazz Orches­tra to host rare per­for­mance

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One of the land­mark record­ings in the his­tory of jazz mu­sic — Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew” — will be re-cre­ated tonight, Nov. 2, by a stellar group of con­tem­po­rary jazz mu­si­cians. The pro­gram gives Chat­tanoogans the unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence “Bitches Brew” live.

Bark­ing Legs The- ater, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Knoxville Jazz Orches­tra, will host this rare per­for­mance of the al­bum. The Knoxville group is led by bas­sist Matt Nel­son, one of the top young mu­si­cians on Knoxville’s jazz scene. He’s bring­ing an octet that in­cludes ac­claimed gui­tarist Mike Baggetta, who re­cently re­lo­cated from New York City to Knoxville.

“Bitches Brew,” re­leased in 1969, was Davis’s most dra­matic de­par­ture from the jazz tra­di­tion he helped cre­ate as a trum­peter and com­poser in Char­lie Parker’s band. Davis pushed mu­si­cal bound­aries through­out the 1960s with his quin­tets, but with “Bitches Brew” he went fully elec­tric — elec­tric gui­tar, elec­tric bass, even play­ing his trum­pet through elec­tronic pro­cess­ing. Many of the rhythms were de­rived from rock and funk, giv­ing the mu­sic a dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent feel­ing than what the world was used to hear­ing at that time.

Re­ac­tion to the al­bum var­ied wildly; some cried traitor, oth­ers hailed the com­ing of a new mu­si­cal di­rec­tion. The “jazz fu­sion” move­ment had its start.

Tonight’s show is part of an on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Bark­ing Legs and Knoxville Jazz Orches­tra. CoPAC, the non­profit that runs Bark­ing Legs, brings shows on a quar­terly ba­sis to Chat­tanooga that the Knoxville group has cu­rated and per­formed. The se­ries is called Leg­ends of Jazz.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-718-1842


The late Miles Davis was a leg­endary jazz trum­peter, band­leader and com­poser. His mil­lion-sell­ing 1970 record “Bitches Brew” is cred­ited with spark­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of jazz fu­sion. The al­bum won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Per­for­mance, Large Group or Soloist with a Large Group.

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