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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a music writer, historian, collector, and fanatic in Washington, D.C.

About Me

Michael J. West is a music writer, historian, collector, and fanatic in Washington, D.C., where he also has a day job managing publications for an academic nonprofit. His music-nerd friends call him "the Anti-Taste," since taste suggests disliking some forms of music-and he doesn't. He also writes for JazzTimes, Washington City Paper, the Village Voice, and Decider DC, among others. He has a wife, a condo, and two cats, one of whom is named for Thelonious Monk.

My Favorites

  1. Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
  2. Dexter Gordon - One Flight Up
  3. Ornette Coleman - Beauty Is A Rare Thing
  4. Charles Mingus - Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
  5. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon