Jul 22, 2015

In 1969 Miles Davis’ Record Producer Sent This Memo to Columbia Records

miles davis portrait

Photograph by Tom Palumbo

 

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader and composer. He is widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

In his prolific career, the legendary artist released 48 studio albums, 36 live albums, 35 compilation albums, 17 box sets, 3 soundtrack albums, 57 singles and 3 Remix albums.

While recording one such album in 1969, Miles Davis’ record producer, Teo Macero, sent the following memo to executives at Columbia Records:

 

miles davis bitches brew memo letter In 1969 Miles Davis Record Producer Sent This Memo to Columbia Records

 

Needless to say, the record was released, name unchanged, and is heralded as one of Davis’ most influential and critically acclaimed studio albums ever.

Released in April of 1970, the double album was Davis’ first ever gold record and recognized as the progenitor of the ‘jazz rock’ genre. The album would go on to win a Grammy Award for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” in 1971.

 

miles davis bitches brew album cover

Bitches Brew album cover and inside panel

 

 

 

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