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Samuel Hällkvist: Variety of Rhythm

Read "Variety of Rhythm" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Somewhere Miles Davis and Teo Macero are smiling. Swedish guitarist Samuel Hällkvist has taken their approach and refined it for the 21st century. What Macero began, with a razor blade and hours of fragmented and seemingly disjointed studio sessions, turned into the infamous Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Hällkvist journeys a similar path, and most significantly here, ...

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Antonio Sanchez: Bad Hombre

Read "Bad Hombre" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Antonio Sanchez's drum score for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) served as a game-changer in the film industry, completely upending notions of what a soundtrack can and can't be. But more importantly, it altered our collective viewpoint on what the art of solo drumming is capable of expressing. Pulling sound from nothing more than ...

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Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue

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How many collections of standards does the jazz world really need? The answer, of course, is that there's always room for more as long as the players and listeners can find something relevant and fresh. Every piece on offer in this batch has been around for several decades at least, but these old things never fail ...

SFJAZZ Collective: Live: SFJAZZ Center 2016 - Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions

Read "Live: SFJAZZ Center 2016 - Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions" reviewed by John Kelman

In the thirteen years since the SFJAZZ Collective first came together in February 2004, this revolving door octet (septet, in 2009) of “cream of the crop" US-based jazz musicians has, most years, followed a consistent modus operandi: select a well-known jazz (and, in two cases, beyond jazz) musician and pay tribute through innovative arrangements of his/her ...

Miles Davis: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5

Read "Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Sony Music continua a distillare preziose testimonianze tratte dalla lunga carriera artistica del trombettista Miles Davis, l'icona più trasversale e significativa espressa dalla musica nel secolo passato. Questa volta ci troviamo alle prese con il quinto capitolo della saga intitolata “The Bootleg Series" e assistiamo incuriositi ad un cambio di rotta strutturale davvero importante. I primi ...

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Charles Mingus and Miles Davis: Changing Moods

Read "Charles Mingus and Miles Davis: Changing Moods" reviewed by Mark Werlin

The recordings of Charles Mingus in the mid-1950s document a musical voice so distinctive that they are immediately recognizable today. But Mingus' obsessive commitment to the primacy of the composition was not always shared by his peers, nor understood by his critics.

A public feud between Mingus, who was struggling unsuccessfully to win critical ...

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Miles Davis: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5

Read "Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5" reviewed by Doug Collette

If ever a band of Miles Davis' deserved the high-intensity inspection/dissection represented by The Bootleg Series Vol. 5, it is his second great quintet. With that man with the horn as the great catalyst, the rapport between pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams is virtually unparalleled in the history ...

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Chuck Hammer: Blind On Blind

Read "Chuck Hammer: Blind On Blind" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Award-winning composer, guitarist, recording artist and producer Chuck Hammer has been an active influence on the progressive music scene since the mid-1970's, working with Laurie Anderson, David Bowie and Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, and Lou Reed, with whose band he recorded and toured globally for several years. An early adopter of the Roland guitar synthesizer, Hammer ...

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Blameful Isles: Strange But Not Entirely Unattractive

Read "Strange But Not Entirely Unattractive" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Essentially a one-man-band based in Sweden, Blameful Isles is one of many artists who are actively rediscovering and re-processing the sounds of the early jazz-rock movement of the 1970s. Overall, the ongoing re-vitalization of jazz-rock and fusion has been a really good thing. For audiences of a certain age, the mere sound of a real Fender ...

Columbia Years 1968-1969

Read "Columbia Years 1968-1969" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

La piccola ma intraprendente casa discografica statunitense, Light in the Attic, in collaborazione con la major Sony/Columbia, piazza un uppercut formidabile che toglie il velo ad uno dei misteri meglio preservati della discografia del secolo scorso. Vengono infatti pubblicati per la prima volta i cinque brani che Betty Davis, nata Betty Mabry e sposata con Miles ...