At the time that Bitches Brew was released, in April of 1970, the jazz community was fragmented. Many people welcomed the bizarre direction that Miles Davis was going in, straying way left field, as was his nature. Others were not so receptive, claiming that what he was doing was not jazz. Davis brought on some of the most daring and flourishing young musicians of his time and grew a whole movement of bands forming and institutions being erected to welcome a breed of music that married elements of jazz, rock and funk.

One of the foremost players of this era was Joe Zawinul, who played keys on Bitches Brew, and who would later be recognized as one of the forefathers of “fusion.” Although many in Davis’ camp had a strong disdain for the genre fusion, the components in Bitches Brew had become so popularized that the public demanded that there be such terminology created for the inimitable but burgeoning music.

Here we are commemorating the 40th anniversary of this monumental record. It is with our absolute honor at The Revivalist to present publically to the world the never-before-released live recording of “Directions,” from Bitches Brew Live, the Joe Zawinul composition performed at the Isle of Wright in 1970.

Bitches Brew Live – “Directions” – 8.29.70 by Revive Music

“Directions” written by Joe Zawinul – Zawinul Music BMI

From the forthcoming album, MILES DAVIS: Bitches Brew Live

Recorded live at the Isle of Wight on August 29, 1970

Produced by Teo Macero

Length: 7:30

Scheduled to be released in 2011 by Legacy Recordings/Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.

Miles Davis (trumpet), Gary Bartz (alto sax, soprano sax), Chick Corea (electric piano), Keith Jarrett (organ) Dave Holland (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Airto Moreira (percussion).

Remixed by Tom Cadley

Mastered by Mark Wilder, Battery Studios

Produced for release by Richard Seidel and Michael Cuscuna

Consulting Producer and A & R Steve Berkowitz

Executive Producers Erin Davis & Vince Wilburn

Comments

4 Replies to "Exclusive Never Been Released Live Recording of “Directions” from Bitches Brew – 1970"
November 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I remember exactly where I was when I heard this for the first time. Its was some of the coolest music I ever heard. I was 22 in 1970. My musical DNA was changed forever. I have been a drummer for almost 40 years now and still listen to Miles’s music a lot.

November 23, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Amazing

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  • December 7, 2010 at 5:47 am

    I really love this article.

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