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Book Review

The Extraordinary Journey Of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography

Read "The Extraordinary Journey Of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography Jason Miles 311 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-955901-13-0 Book Writing Cube 2022 Some musicians are often better known for what they can do rather than what they can play. Take Les Paul for example. Although he was an excellent musician in his own right, he is sometimes recognized as much, or more, for his innovations in recording than his playing. Keyboardist Jason Miles would also ...

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Album Review

Jason Miles: Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris

Read "Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


You can't fault the motivation behind keyboardist Jason Miles' sequel to Kind of New (Whaling City Sound, 2015). Miles wanted to respond to the 2015 Paris terror attack and Kind of New 2: Blue Is Paris is the result, but though the motivation is solid, the execution doesn't match it. With Kind of New, Miles was joined by Ingrid Jensenon trumpet in his well-received tribute to Miles Davis and the seminal Kind of Blue. Here, Miles decided to ...

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Album Review

Global Noize: SLY Reimagined

Read "SLY Reimagined" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Keyboardist/Programmer/Conceptualist/Producer Jason Miles has a knack for birthing patchwork tribute albums that don't come off as such. The man behind Miles Davis' Tutu (Warner Bros., 1986) programming has also been the force behind well received album-length nods to Davis, Brazilian bigwig Ivan Lins, pop-jazz crossover saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., and Motown megastar Marvin Gaye. Now, he looks toward the edgier side of soul with this expansive, yet highly polished tribute to Sly And The Family Stone. While ...

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Extended Analysis

Global Noize: A Prayer For The Planet

Read "Global Noize: A Prayer For The Planet" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


Global Noize A Prayer For The Planet Lightyear/EMI 2011 Global Noize isn't simply a rather unconventional band. It's also a high concept on a mission. Take a musician with plenty of experience making jazz and pop music (keyboardist Jason Miles), mix in a turntablist (DJ Logic, who knows his way around hip hop and funk after gigging with Vernon Reid, Don Byron and ?uestlove); add a vocalist from Bombay, India (Falguni Shah a.k.a. Falu) ...

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Album Review

Jason Miles: Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis

Read "Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


Mention Miles Davis and ears are sure to perk up--especially if you're talking about honoring the trumpet legend. And if you've got a good supporting cast, you can score--big time. That's what keyboardist/arranger/synthesizer programmer/producer Jason Miles has done with Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis. With such all-stars as Gerald Albright, Michael Brecker, Marc Antoine, Keiko Matsui and Nicholas Payton contributing, Jason Miles delivers a funky, groove-infested album that's sure to set many toes to ...

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Album Review

Jason Miles: Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis

Read "Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis" reviewed by John Kelman


Jason Miles has a wealth of experience and expertise in an area that is often under-appreciated. Synthesizer programming may not seem as significant as the folks who play the instrument, but the truth is that the wealth of programmed sounds for a recording can ultimately determine how contemporary-sounding and, equally importantly, how timeless it will become.

Take Miles Davis' Tutu. While some of the compositions have gone on to become synonymous with Davis' last period, gaze back at the recording ...

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Album Review

Jason Miles: Cozmopolitan

Read "Cozmopolitan" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini


An easy first impression upon listening to Cozmopolitan is that keyboardist Jason Miles is amazingly authentic in getting an impressive roster of players to relive their youth. Examining the linear notes reveals why--it was recorded 25 years ago.

Miles recorded his first project as a leader in 1979 with musicians he continued playing with, such as saxophonist Michael Brecker and bassist Marcus Miller, but couldn't sell it to a label. He came across the master tapes in 2003 ...


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