Forty years ago, one of the most seminal jazz albums — Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew” — was released, a record that changed the course of music history.
This month, the classic jazz-rock fusion album gets revisited, as a multi-generational array of contemporary and experimental jazz artists explore its legacy as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival on June 19.
Davis recorded the double album with a mix of electric guitars and piano, plus some rock rhythms — novel for a jazz recording at the time. He was so impressed with the results, that he called his collection of jazz players “the greatest rock band of all time.”
In this modern incarnation, Brooklyn’s own jazz super-group, Bitches Brew Revisited, gives the band a run for its money, comprised of guitarist James Blood Ulmer, keyboardist Marco Benevento, DJ Logic, for an updated hip-hop flavor, saxophonist Antoine Roney, bassist Melvin Gibbs, percussionist Adam Rudolph, drummer Cindy Blackman, and, filling in the role of Davis himself, cornetist Graham Haynes.
And who better to kick things off the show than Mike Stern, one of the premier jazz-fusion guitarists of his generation and a veteran of Davis’s band?
It’s history in the making.
Bitches Brew Revisited at the Prospect Park Bandshell [Prospect Park West and Ninth Street, (718) 855-7882], June 19 at 7:30 pm. Free. For info, visit www.bricar