Betty Davis

The Columbia Years 1968-1969

Light In The Attic LITA 135 LP
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Fans of MILES and BETTY DAVIS have long debated the truth of a near mythological session recorded in Studios B and E at Columbia’s 52nd Street Studios on May 14th and 20th, 1969. The landmark session was produced by Miles and TEO MACERO and featured Betty on 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 GYPSIES), saxophonist WAYNE SHORTER, and organist LARRY YOUNG. Now, Light In The Attic, with full support from Betty herself, presents these recordings to the public for the very first time. These historic sessions—never heard, never bootlegged—predate Miles’ revolutionary album, Bitches Brew, and are the true birth of Miles’ jazz-rock explorations, along with the roots for Betty’s groundbreaking funk that came years later, starting with her self-titled debut in 1973. While, ultimately, these recordings would go unreleased for nearly half a century, they would greatly shape each of their careers.

The vibe is intrinsically unique, fresh, and futuristic—jazz heavyweights playing psychedelia, rock, and jazz-fusion long before the term became commonplace. The songs include Betty originals and covers of classics by Creedence and Cream. The concepts explored on these previously unheard sessions fueled concepts that wouldn’t be fully realized until years later with Miles’ seminal On The Corner.

Additionally, included here is the first time rerelease of a 1968 Columbia single, recorded in October 1968 at Columbia Studios in Los Angeles. The session was produced by JERRY FULLER and featured South African maverick HUGH MASEKELA on trumpet and arrangements, plus members of jazz-funk pioneers THE CRUSADERS—including trombonist WAYNE HENDERSON and pianist JOE SAMPLE. Two of the three tracks included here from this session are previously unreleased.

Betty Davis: The Columbia Years 1968-1969

Hangin' Out Betty Davis
Politician Man Betty Davis
Down Home Girl - Take 4 Betty Davis
Born On The Bayou Betty Davis
I'm Ready, Willing & Able - Take 1 Betty Davis
I'm Ready, Willing & Able - Take 9 Betty Davis
It's My Life - Take 8 Betty Davis
Live, Love, Learn - Take 12 Betty Davis
My Soul Is Tired - Take 9 Betty Davis

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