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Profile

Miles Davis: How 9 Jazz Icons Remember His Genius

Read "Miles Davis: How 9 Jazz Icons Remember His Genius" reviewed by Rob Garratt


Like nearly every other jazz fan on the planet, I've long held an unshakeable fascination with the music of Miles Davis. Thirty years after his death, Miles's legacy, innovations and iconography continue to shape contemporary conceptions of the art form more than any other figure—his life and lessons simultaneously a road map, Holy Grail and high water mark combined. It feels almost inevitable that Miles served as my gateway to improvised music, and yet more than two decades ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Miles Davis, Bill Laswell, John McLaughlin, Bob Berg, Kai Eckhardt and more

Read "Miles Davis, Bill Laswell, John McLaughlin, Bob Berg, Kai Eckhardt and more" reviewed by Len Davis


On today's program we feature music from a live concert from Warsaw with Miles Davis, Jack DeJohnette, plus John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring from a live concert in San Francisco and Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey and Lenny White. Playlist Miles Davis “Hopscotch" from Live in Poland Warsaw 1983 (Gambit) 00:00 Jack DeJohnette “Miles" from Music for the Fifth World (Manhattan) 08:58 Bill Laswell-Tony Williams “Illuminator" from Arc of the Testimony MOD Reloaded) 17:54 John McLaughlin-Jimmy Herring “Trilogy" from ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Miles Davis, Percy Jones, Kenwood Dennard, Dave Weckl, Tom Coster

Read "Miles Davis, Percy Jones, Kenwood Dennard, Dave Weckl, Tom Coster" reviewed by Len Davis


Happy birthday Miles Davis! We open the program with live music from the Miles Davis Band recorded from a world tour. Plus Tom Coster, Percy Jones and Canadian band Uzeb live.Playlist Miles Davis “Wrinkle" from Live Around The world (Warner) 00:00 Tom Coster “The Fix" from The Forbidden Zone (JVC) 06:43 Cab “Night Splash" from Cab (Tone Centre)13:29 Time Marker Abstract Logix Live “Sometimes" from The New Universe Music Festival (Abstract Logix) 20:17 Percy Jones “Menagerie Animato" from ...

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Just For Fun

Miles Davis: Recently discovered 52 year old tapes to be released this summer

Read "Miles Davis: Recently discovered 52 year old tapes to be released this summer" reviewed by Alan Bryson


Newly discovered tapes of Miles Davis from 1969 are set for release this summer. The unlikely tapes are from an informal jam session at the home of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. This was a transitional period for Davis, who in Sept. of 1968 had married 23 year old Betty Mabry, a model/singer/songwriter and prominent counter-culture figure in New York City. She immersed Davis in the popular music of the day, and introduced him to musicians such as Jimi ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Duos, Vibes, Guitars and Electric Miles

Read "Duos, Vibes, Guitars and Electric Miles" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week fantastic albums featuring duos, extended improvisations influenced by electric period Miles Davis, and, to compliment that some actual electric period Miles, plus new sounds with vibes and guitars. Playlist Chris Alford & Justin Peake “Mullerian Mimicry" from Turning On Our Own Time (Mystic Form Records) 00:00 Gus Garside and Hervé Perez “The Lover" from The Unexpected Visitor (Orbit 577) 04:07 Olie Brice, Binker Golding, Henry Kaiser, N.O. Moore, Eddie Prévost “Door 1 (edit)" from The Secret ...

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Film Review

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - A Film By Stanley Nelson (2 DVD)

Read "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - A Film By Stanley Nelson (2 DVD)" reviewed by Doug Collette


Miles Davis Birth of the Cool: A Film by Stanley Nelson Eagle Entertainment 2020 The two-DVD package of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool -A Film by Stanley Nelson reminds potential viewers to interpret the title broadly rather than literally. To be sure, the award-winning filmmaker and historian delves deeply into the conception and execution of that landmark music in his near two-hour piece of cinema. But his scholarly investigation is ultimately ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Miles Davis and the Second Great Quintet (1963 - 1968)

Read "Miles Davis and the Second Great Quintet (1963 - 1968)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Miles Davis, through his adoption of modal music, participated in the gradual liberation that resulted in the free music of the jazz avant-garde--liberation from chord changes, from rhythm, from harmony, from melody, from structure. Yet, although he continued to explore broadly, he was public in his discomfort with free jazz. Despite this reluctance, the new quintet that he began to build in 1963 (with George Coleman then Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, resulted in the freest ...


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