The Influence of Betty Davis Decoded

 

Recently we stumbled across a great two part article on IRockJazz.com entitled The Prototype: Betty Davis Lit The Spark That Ignited Today’s Music Inferno. The boldly title piece does not flinch or waver in proving this point. The article is both gripping and compelling, arguing that not only did Betty Davis materially influence Miles Davis’ music and personal style, but she went on to influence many others in the process. Statements like “Davis is arguably the prototype of every single black female vocalist of note in the 21st century” certainly give you something to think about.

The premise for the article can be further summed up with the excerpts below.

When it comes to the influence that Betty Davis bestowed on music, her individual work is always an afterthought when held up against her lasting impression on former husband, legendary trumpeter Miles Davis. Fact about it, whenever her name is mentioned in print, it’s immediately followed by “ex-wife of Miles Davis”.

The extent of how Betty Davis’ existence changed American music goes so far beyond her influence on Miles Davis, and it would be an insult to even describe it as a “ripple effect”, insinuating a pebble dropped into a pond. Her impact has been so severe that it warrants the quantification of a “tsunami effect”, more of a meteor striking the Pacific Ocean.

An awesome, engrossing read!

Read Part I on IRockJazz.com

Read Part II on IRockJazz.com

Video: Jack Davey – “Howl At The Moon”

 

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It wasn’t too long ago that we saw Jack Davey become Betty Davis incarnate with her new bad ass “Howl At The Moon” track that we oh so loved. And then today, when we found that there are now accompanying visuals from the lady that always gives us an eyeball party, how can we not squeal like schoolgirls?!

And indeed, our lady knows how to work it well even in the simplest of videos. Great treatment and taste, per usual.

The song is part of a 3-part series of EPs. L0-F! Side A, is the grittier of the bunch, showing “a girl, her shitty guitar, and introspective songwriting,” as Jack explains it – that project will be released on October 2. L0-F! Side B, will include more sophisticated instrumentation and production by Joey Strat of The Knux (out November 6). Finally, on December 11, a deluxe version with both sides and three bonus tracks will be released.

Cannot wait.

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New Track: Jack Davey – “Howl At The Moon”

 

J*Davey’s lady member Jack Davey will soon be releasing a self-produced garage rock EP called L0-F!. Inspired by the saucy Betty Davis and the boisterous Iggy Pop, Jack lays it down with her impressive “Howl At The Moon” track as our first taste. Makes us want to wind our hips and lasso something around with our bad selves.

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Catching Up with GPWW: Two Shows

We’re fast-forwarding the Gilles Peterson World Wide radio show to catch up, which means you get 2 shows at once today. That equals 4 full hours of high-quality GPWW.

In May 5th’s show, Gilles features 40 magical tracks, including some of his clear favorites like Gil Scott Heron, José James, Quadron and SBTRKT along with new ones like Twilight Tone, Kyle Hall, and Ezel.

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Moving swiftly along to May 12th’s show, Gilles starts with a new track by Cee-Lo called “I Want You,” written by Jack Splash. Then he gets into some Betty Davis, Fatima featuring Dam-Funk, Sofrito, Nas & Damien Marley, and new music by Paul White, Addison Grove, and Karizma. (And listen for the Giant Step shoutout – swoon!)

GPWW 4/12 Part 1
 

GPWW 4/12 Part 2
 

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