Looking back on the last forty years since the release of Bitches Brew, we have seen numerous generations of new musicians and artists coming up and making their individual, indelible marks on the world. Yet, certain things have that special spark, lingering around through the changes that time brings, altering the course of new artistry and serving as a guiding force for young artists. Bitches Brew continues to last the test of time guiding the likes of Nas, Wayne Coyne, Don Cheadle, Bill Cosby, and many more. Check out their take on how the album affected them accompanied by special edition Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary photos.

“It brought together the sound and the creative achievements of a great, complex, innovative and singular artist.” – Meshell Ndegeocello

Bitches Brew, released in 1970 is not only a stand out in the staggering body of work by Miles Davis but one of the most important records in American music. Bitches Brew is one of the most noteworthy crossover albums ever made. This is an album that brought young people to Jazz music as it transcended genre borders and generalities. Bitches Brew is a truly breakthrough album in every sense of the term. A record such as Bitches Brew had simply never been made before, not by Miles Davis, not by any group. Many of the artistic twists and turns of Davis’ career became sub-genres unto themselves and laid the bright future for many a player but Bitches Brew is an artistic high point by the same man who released Kind Of Blue and Sketches Of Spain. In depth, composition, instrumentation and delivery, Bitches Brew is visionary, unmatched and still amazes to the present day. For decades, Miles Davis was able to re-invent his craft brilliantly. His ability to bring players together and tap talent they perhaps didn’t know they had an inkling of has never been repeated on such a scale by any band leader. Mile s Davis is as important and relevant as any musician ever.” – Henry Rollins

“The Bass — the basslines changed his approach.  The spaces — the notes left out are pure innovation.” – Bill Cosby

“I know some teenagers who discover Bitches Brew and it allows them to expand their imagination.  Miles Davis was able to create something that even Jimi Hendrix and I were like, ‘wow, he’s coming into our arena, but we can’t go into his.’  Bitches Brew should be a mandatory requirement, not even for musical school but just as a discussion. What do people get when they hear this music?  Like Beethoven’s 5th symphony or anything like that, it’s a body of work that needs and must be visited.” – Carlos Santana

“When I was younger I heard parts of  Bitches Brew and thought…this is too abstract…My mind, sadly, like a lot young minds didn’t know what to make of all those strange, broken rhythms , cluster chords and of course Miles’s strange squawking trumpet stabs. I needed simpler music..Now that I am older I can hardly stand to listen to anything except Bitches Brew….I think because I am searching for something…but I can’t find it as long as I’m thinking about it. Bitches Brew sounds like that….” – Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips)

“When I think of Miles Davis, I think jazz, rap, funk, fusion, bebop, hip hop….but I also think pioneer, trailblazer, innovator. Miles was the first Jazz player on the cover of Rolling Stone after Bitches Brew. That album alone was testament of his tenacity to sonically push the musical envelope.  I’m always inspired by those who not only broke barriers, but who maintained a legacy.” – David Banner

“Miles Davis to me was a Jazz giant, although my interest in Miles came late in my musical discoveries, and Bitches Brew being my first album by him. I loved his choice in drummers, Art Blakey, Billy Cobham, Tony Williams. Miles Davis Music and Career taught me to musically pursue a creative evolution within ones genre and beyond, and it works.  Thank you Miles. – Dave Lombardo (Slayer)

“He created atmospheres with his talent. Rooms change when his songs unfold. Bitches Brew was how I was introduced to Miles, and my World  has been better ever since!” – Brandon Boyd (Incubus)

“Owwwwweeeee!” – Don Cheadle

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2 Replies to "Bitches Brew: 40 Years of Inspiration"
Linda Wimmer says:
December 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Miles, the ONE and ONLY, my hero! Taught me honesty, to “be” and so many much more. Here is to you Miles, here is to truth!!

February 25, 2012 at 12:44 am

He’s a Genius. I named my son after Miles. My favorite musician of all time.

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