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  • Stefano Commodaro wrote on November 17, 2009 report

    Great article, really valuable in putting in the right historical context those Jazz masterpieces.

  • Samuel Chell wrote on November 20, 2009 report

    It suddenly seems to be dawning on many musicians that this was indeed a golden period for the music. What's often lost sight of is the enormous influence of Columbia Records through its popular record club, sending out those still relatively-new long-playing platters throughout America on a regular basis. Also, the role of the audio engineer should not be discounted (especially during a time when "auteur theory" was catching on, eventually becoming largely responsible for burgeoning academic film studies). "Kind of Blue" or a Gil Evans/Miles record would have sounded entirely different if recorded on Blue Note (though there were collectors who preferred the latter to the exclusion of anything on Columbia). Finally, it's true that Jimmy Cobb's focus on the ride cymbal contributed greatly to the aura of "Kind of Blue" (Philly Joe favored a shorter stroke along with playing "melodic" bebop figures on the snare), but from the very first notes of Miles playing "Round Midnight" on Columbia the enormous difference from his previous Prestige dates was immediately apparent--a quiet, personal, 3-dimensional intensity like nothing that had been heard before.

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