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Doug Collette

DC writes regularly about rock and roll, jazz and blues, composing reviews of CD's, DVD's, live performances, books and films, as well as conducting interviews.

About Me

My passion for rock & roll, jazz and the blues---the epitome of which is the music of The Allman Brothers Band--grows by leaps and bounds with each successive year. My ears become more finely-attuned to the art of improvisation all the time allowing me to rediscover what moved me to love hearing and watching musicians play in the first place... I became interested in writing the same time I became interested in music beyond the Beatles. When I was in high school, I went to my first concert: the original Woodstock Festival. I've never lost my interest in writing or music since...in fact my passion for both has grown. I have always been able to find an outlet for my writing just as I've always been able to discover new bands who've reignited my love and fascination the greatest of all art forms--Music!

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because it is, at its root, all about possibility. I was first exposed to jazz by my parents speaking in awed tones about Miles Davis. I met Phil Lesh, Charlie Hunter, Oteil Burbridge, Page McConnell, Mike Gordon, Trey Anastasio, David Hidalgo. The best show I ever attended was, bar none, The Who at Tanglewood, Lenox MA, (July 7 1970) The first jazz record I bought was In A Silent Way by Miles Davis. My advice to new listeners... take chances and be ready for surprise!

My Favorites

  1. The Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East Deluxe Edition
  2. Miles Davis - The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
  3. The Who - Live at Leeds Deluxe Edition
  4. Grateful Dead - Live at Fillmore West 1969

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