What ties the albums together on our ninth installment of 72 Jazz Thrillers is the depth of emotion. Two joyous albums are followed by troubles, grace, exultation and deep sadness—albums from one of the greatest jazz composers of her age to a ramshackle bar band with a wild sense of humor.
Having learned to find and make a place for himself in the bands of George Duke and Miles Davis, John Scofield has gone on to perform similar magic with artists as disparate as Medeski Martin & Wood plus Phil Lesh.
Some analytics up front. I sat down and tried to come up with a guess as to how many complete albums I listen to a year. A rough approximation. My guess is about 1,000, a little less than three a day. You can come up with your own number. Next I...
London Brew’s album was conceived as something other than a dot-for-dot copy of Bitches Brew. Davis’ recording was not reimagined, recalibrated, reconstructed or any other rewhatevered, but instead used as a launch pad for new explorations. The Barbican performance was even more semi-detached.
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