The Voodoo Sound
Philip Freeman’s Running the Voodoo Down: The Electric Music of Miles Davis is a detailed analysis of the Prince of Darkness’s fusion albums including Bitches Brew, On the Corner and Doo-Bop. Freeman who is a jazz critic has done a marvelous job of breaking down Davis’s masterpieces to help readers understand not only what they listen to, but also Davis’s artistic vision, and how he chose his musicians to get the sounds he wanted. In addition, Freeman delves into the controversial issues of Davis’s music, his influence on other musicians, as well as his musical openness. Freeman’s beautiful descriptive language combined with his meticulious observation makes Running the Voodoo Down a fantastic read for anyone interested in Davis’s ingenious and organic sound.