Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” is one of jazz’s first fusion recordings. You have heard an excerpt of “Spanish Key” and you have studied and listened to a lot of “traditional” jazz up until now. What similarities can you list comparing this to “traditional” jazz and what is different?

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  1. Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” is one of jazz’s first fusion recordings. You have heard an excerpt of “Spanish Key” and you have studied and listened to a lot of “traditional” jazz up until now. What similarities can you list comparing this to “traditional” jazz and what is different?
  2. Did you enjoy this piece of music? Explain your reasons.
  3. What instrument does Mahavishnu John McLaughlin play?
  4. What about McLaughlin’s approach as compared to Miles’ made him influential in the development of the fusion style?
  5. Who formed the band Return to Forever and what instrument does that person play?
  6. What veteran saxophonist of the famous Miles Davis “Second Quintet” played in the fusion band Weather Report?
  7. Who was the very influential electric bassist for Weather Report mentioned in the reading?
  8. Herbie Hancock had a very popular, groundbreaking fusion album from 1974. What was the name of the album and what instrument does Herbie Hancock play?

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