For nearly half a century, rumors have circulated about a historic session recorded in 1969 at Columbia’s 52nd Street Studios in NYC. If it took place, it would have been the historic first collision of Miles Davis’ jazz and Jimi Hendrix’s psychedelia — all under the leadership of funk queen Betty Davis.
We are beyond thrilled to announce that the rumors are true. The Columbia Years 1968-1969 are the never-before-heard sessions that planted the seeds for Bitches Brew and Betty’s groundbreaking funk albums. Oh and, the music is as electric as you would imagine. Also included in this release is an amazing Betty Davis session that took place in Los Angeles in 1968 with Hugh Masekela and The Crusaders.
The landmark NYC sessions were produced by Miles and Teo Macero and featured Bettyon vocals, accompanied by Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, guitarist John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock on keys, and Dylan/Miles session bassist Harvey Brooks. Other players included bassist Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys), saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and organist Larry Young.
The Columbia Years 1968-1969 is available now as a deluxe LP on “Solid Gold” wax with a poster, as well as on black wax and CD. It is also available as a 3-LP or 3-CD bundle along with Betty’s Self-Titled debut (1973), They Say I’m Different (1974), and a poster.
Check out the trailer below!