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Miles Davis: Milestones

Read "Milestones" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Milestones was Miles Davis' third Columbia release after 'Round About Midnight (1957) and Miles Ahead (1957). The recording was made during one of Davis' most creatively intense periods, preceding his recording of the soundtrack for Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud (Fontana, 1958) in late 1957 and the subsequent recordings of Cannonball Adderley's Somethin' Else (Blue Note, 1958) and ...

Bob Dylan: Triplicate

Read "Triplicate" reviewed by Doug Collette

If Bob Dylan's Triplicate, the thirty-eighth studio album of his fifty-year plus career, proves anything, it's that he's very serious about his exploration of the Great American Songbook. Not only is this his third straight studio recording devoted to such material, he deigned to be interviewed close to the March 31 2017 release of the recordings ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Apocalypse

Read "Apocalypse" reviewed by Julian Derry

Well, there's not much to say about the new release of Apocalypse. Well, not as much as many Mahavishnu fans had hoped; rumours of a long awaited and much needed remastering of this legendary album, making the rounds of the mailing lists were alas, premature. So what is this CD? Answer: it's the exact same, level-for-level ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Weather Report: Heavy Weather

Read "Heavy Weather" reviewed by Sacha O'Grady

Weather Report were one of the earliest jazz fusion groups to emerge at the beginning of the '70s. They were rare in that, like Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, they didn't have a guitarist to light the fire and excite the audience as was the case with Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever; instead, they relied, in addition ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Leonard Cohen: You Want it Darker

Read "Leonard Cohen: You Want it Darker" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

On first listen, Leonard Cohen's album You Want it Darker is a great album. On second listen, it could rank among his best and on third listen, it is obvious that it is the best contender for a Nobel Prize in literature in the next turn of awards. But so are the other albums that have ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, Paco DeLucia: Friday Night in San Francisco

Read "Friday Night in San Francisco" reviewed by Sacha O'Grady

On 5th December, 1980, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco De Lucia were two months into what had so far been an extremely successful and creative tour. Even just the concept itself was intriguing--three guitarists, and acoustic to boot! With not a drummer, percussionist, or bassist in sight. The sheer novelty of it all. Recorded ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Mark Isham: Blue Sun

Read "Mark Isham: Blue Sun" reviewed by John Kelman

Mark Isham
Blue Sun
Columbia Records
1995

Better-known, perhaps, for his work in the film arena as scorer for movies including 1986's The Hitcher, the 1992 reboot of Of Mice and Men and 1998's Blade, Mark Isham has, nevertheless, demonstrated his instrumental prowess as a trumpeter on albums including pianist Art Lande's Rubisa Patrol ...

The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out

Read "Time Out" reviewed by Sacha O'Grady

Dave Brubeck emerged after the Second World War as a pianist whose eclectic style owed itself to several different schools of piano playing. Throughout the 1950's, Brubeck enjoyed as much commercial success as any jazz musician could have wished for, becoming one of the biggest acts in the business. Famous mostly for his experiments with rhythm, ...

Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981

Read "The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981" reviewed by Vic Albani

Dopo la morte di Joe Zawinul non si era praticamente più mosso nulla tranne forse nella mente di Ivan Zawinul (uno dei figli del geniale tastierista austriaco) che era partito (bene) con l'idea di pubblicare di tanto in tanto un disco con le migliori tra le tante avventure live di uno dei gruppi musicali più amati ...