The Picasso of Jazz
"Davis drew a line in the sand that some jazz fans have never crossed,
"One of the most remarkable creative statements of the last half century, in any artistic form."
Directions in Music by Miles Davis
Groundbreaking jazz fusion album from 1970.
Produced by Teo Macero
John McLaughlin-(Electric)Guitar. Wayne Shorter-Soprano Sax. Bennie Maupin-Bass Clarinet
Two bassists-Dave Holland and Harvey Brooks playing electric and double bass.
Two drummers playing simultaneously-Don Alias, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White, and one or sometimes two percussionists! (Congas mostly)
Two, and sometimes three electric pianos. Played by Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, and Larry Young.
Only one guitarist, the incomparable John McLaughlin (who would later go on to form the Mahavishnu Orchestra) although later touring groups of the Miles Davis Fusion era would incorporate as many as three guitarists on stage and record some amazing live documents as well.
(Bottle shared at home in inappropriate glassware)
9% ABV. 38 IBU
"A bold, dark beer that's a Fusion (see what he did there?) of three threads Imperial Stout,
and one thread Honey Beer with Gesho Root
a gustatory analog to Miles' Masterpiece..."
"designed as the ultimate partner for ...."
"Spicy Curry Chicken....."
(Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala)
"sipped cool, from a ...wine glass while listening to the album."
(Standard Edition on Left. The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions:Box Set, on Right)
Bottle shared at ToronadoSD
One of the best food and beer pairings I have experienced so far.
The sweet honey backdrop behind the deep dark chocolaty stout flavors went perfectly
with the strong spicy savory flavors of the curry dish. Also the nuttiness of the Basmati Rice. The first time we drank a bottle at a bar I thought it was a good stout and I definitely tasted and smelled the honey more. Overall I thought it was good but not great.
Somewhat thinner than a lot of my favorite stouts,
definitely sweeter and not worth the price necessarily.
When we had another bottle, at home, with the meal, it was exceptional.
We happen to have an excellent Indian Grocery store right down the street and have access to otherwise difficult to obtain ingredients. Also get great advice from the people that work there.
We actually did put the album on and it was an overall outstanding dining experience.
Now I need another bottle so we can do it again.
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down part 2...