Soul

The Columbia Years 1968-1969 (CD)

Somehow this fabled session of soul/funk queen Betty Davis and Miles Davis, has never surfaced in official or bootleg form until now. Having written numerous songs for The Chambers Brothers and The Commodores, Betty flew to the UK, ingratiating herself with the royalty of British rock. In 1968 she briefly married Miles Davis, and was the one who introduced him to Jimi Hendrix. It was during this time that these recordings were cut. A decidedly poignant turning point in both Betty and Mile's careers, as well as for the junction of jazz, funk and rock, these Miles Davis and Teo Macero produced recordings feature Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Larry Young, Harvey Brooks, Billy Cox (who would soon replace Noel Redding as Hendrix's bassist), and John McLaughlin, doing his best Jimi Hendrix impression. Funky, rockin' and fresh, these selections feature tracks written by Betty as well as covers of Cream and Creedence Clearwater Revival. It's safe to say that this session would lay the foundation of Betty's oncoming funk career as well as Mile's Bitches Brew-era jazz/rock albums. Also included are selected tracks from Betty's 1968 session featuring trumpet legend Hugh Masekela.

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