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Bye Bye Blackbird

Read "Bye Bye Blackbird" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Carter Johnson quad-caned his way out to his patio with a glass of whiskey and water in his hand, ice cubes tinkling like piano notes as he did his damnedest not to spill a drop. The cane steadied his unsteady gait. The whiskey had been measured out parsimoniously by Carter's wife, Olivia. In her mind, a weak drink or two wouldn't hurt her husband, and it might help him wrap his head around his situation of diminished verbosity and mobility. ...


Radio & Podcasts

Early '80s Miles & More

Read "Early '80s Miles & More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show music from a box set of Miles Davis recordings from the early '80s, plus new albums from Vladimir Samardžić, Seajun Kwon, Nichunimu, Avi Adrian, and Matt Gill, and a single from the new album from Timo Vollbrecht. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Miles Davis “Santana" from That's What Happened 1982-1985: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7 (Columbia Legacy) 00:50 Vladimir Samardžić “Grisignana Part I (Night)" from Catching The Wind (SKC NS) 14:29 SeaJun Kwon “Commune" from Micro ...


Album Review

Miles Davis Quintet: 2nd Session 1956 Revisited

Read "2nd Session 1956 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

Rough round the edges some of the performances might be, but that is part of their real-time, first-take charm. The twelve tracks collected on 2nd Session 1956 Revisited are, nonetheless, arguably the most perfect Miles Davis ever recorded. Over the years they have been issued and reissued, anthologised and repackaged, almost as often as Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives and Hot Sevens. But never with as much attention to sonic detail as on this album, remastered by the ezz-thetics label's Michael ...


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Live recordings from Miles Davis John McLaughlin and Alex Machacek

Read "Live recordings from Miles Davis John McLaughlin and Alex Machacek" reviewed by Len Davis

Live recordings from Miles Davis from The Bootleg Series Vol 7, John McLaughlin, from The Heart of Things-Live in Paris and Alex Machacek from The New Universe Music Festival 2010.Playlist Miles Davis “Katia" from The Bootleg Series Vol 7(Columbia) 00:00 Miles Davis “Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" from Miles at Filmore 1970 (Columbia) 11.00 Alex Machacek “Strafe" from The New Universe Music Festivalo (Abstract Logix) 22:05 John McLaughlin “Acid Jazz" from The Heart of Things-Live in Paris (Verve) ...


Album Review

Miles Davis Quintet: Live Europe 1960 Revisited

Read "Live Europe 1960 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

A high proportion of the studio albums recorded by Miles Davis from the mid 1950s until Bitches Brew (Columbia) in 1970 are landmark ones, so frequent and so momentous were the occasions on which Davis adjusted his direction. With a few exceptions, notably My Funny Valentine (Columbia, 1964), this is less true of the live albums until the early 1970s, when Davis' live performances increasingly anticipated changes later heard on studio recordings, especially as regards his choices of repertoire.


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Sam, Miles and Trane

Read "Sam, Miles and Trane" reviewed by Bob Osborne

For the 500th episode of the World of Jazz show some of my favourite musicians with a focus on Sam Rivers, a new album from Nate Wooley, and a selection of music from Miles Davis and John Coltrane. To kick off jazz meets afrobeat in 1972 with Hugh Masakela. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Hugh Masakela “Part Of The Whole" from Home Is Where the Music Is (Chisa/Blue Thumb) 00:42 Nate Wooley “(... ..)" from Ancient Songs of Burlap ...



Miles Davis: Bitches Brew

Read "Miles Davis: Bitches Brew" reviewed by Mick Raubenheimer

Bitches Brew, (Columbia, 1970) 52 years old this year, can be seen as the elder statesman of jazz fusion, but old it is not, trapped, or rather insulated as it is in its youthfully electric vortex. This ink is daunting. In preparing to tease this retrospective into view, I am listening to Bitches Brew for the first time in a long, highly eventful decade. And the opening strains, instructively, and deceptively placid (the proverbial ellipse preceding rupture), displace me: I ...


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