I think it’s safe to assume that the advice reluctantly given in response to this wonderful memo, sent by record producer Teo Macero to executives at Columbia Records, was essentially, “Let Miles Davis call his next album whatever he wants.” And rightly so. As we now know, the title stayed, and Bitches Brew was released to the public four months later. It is now considered one of the most influential jazz albums of all time.

(Source: Cord Jefferson, via eagle pelican; Image: Miles Davis, via.)



Transcript

CBS MEMORANDUM

FROM: Teo Macero
TO: JOHN BERG, JOE AGRESTI, PHYLLIS MASON
DATE: November 14, 1969

RE: MILES DAVIS CS 9961 XSM 151732/3 PROJECT # 03802

Miles just called and said he wants this album to be titled:

“BITCHES BREW”

Please advise.

cc

(Signed, ‘Teo’)

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