The rumors were true: Betty Davis’ secret sessions to be released

by Keely Shinners

The never-before-heard session planted the seeds for her groundbreaking funk albums

The world was not ready for Betty Davis, the afro-embracing, fishnet-clad soul sister and goddess of funk. She was unapologetically sensual and unadulteratedly open, a rawness that infused her voice, her music, and the stars she influenced.

For nearly half a century, Davis fans have debated rumors of a session recorded in 1969 at Columbia’s 52nd Street Studios in NYC. The session would have been the historic first collision of Miles Davis’ jazz and Jimi Hendrix’s psychedelia — all under the leadership of  Davis.

Today, the rumors have been confirmed as true: The Columbia Years 1968-1969 has be released by Light in the Attic records and is available for download.

The recordings carry the sensual, intoxicating, and slow-burning verve of Betty’s signature sound, as well as the funky psychedelic rock-jazz synthesis that predates Miles’s “Bitches Brew.”

Davis has also been collaborating with  filmmakers Phil Cox and Damon Smith in a new feature length documentary, Nasty Gal, expected for an early 2017 release.