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Joakim Milder: Monolithic

Read "Monolithic" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

When Louis Armstrong laid down his Hot Five and Hot Seven sessions, he defined jazz as a soloist's art. Since his compact ruminations, generations of players have allowed the solo to define their identity and their composing. Think of Coleman Hawkins' “Body and Soul," Bud Powell's titanic keyboard workouts, Miles Davis opening new modal spaces on “So What" and John Coltrane's cataclysmic reworking of “My Favorite Things"—these were pinnacles of how the solo has driven jazz composition to date.


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