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.
LITA is 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 Davis'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 Davis 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 Gypsys), saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and organist Larry Young.