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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Ron Carter: The Paragon of Bass Virtuosity

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Some half a century ago, iconic bassist Ron Carter had already dynamically impacted the jazz world with his advanced rhythmic cadences and his artistic vision with the second great Miles Davis quintet. The sumptuous and indelible mark that Carter and his bandmates left on jazz history is well-documented. An educated, articulate and determined man, Carter's journey ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Wayne Shorter Celebration With Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard at SFJAZZ Center

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Wayne Shorter Trio and Guests
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
January 3, 2019

Wayne Shorter could not be there but his trio made it. When illness prevented Shorter from making a four-night stand at SFJAZZ, organizers turned the dates into a celebration of his music.

There are few better choices ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Miles Davis Quintet: Relaxin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet

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Relaxin' With the Miles Davis Quintet was the second of four releases resulting from Davis' famous May and October 1956 marathon sessions. The other three recordings were Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1957), Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1959), and Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1961). All of the music from these sessions ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles

Read "Miles Smiles" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Without a hint of a doubt, the trumpeter Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet which he led in the mid-'60s rekindled his fire for music resulting in exuberant and adventurous music. Davis was reenergized by his young band which vitality and enthusiasm has made a big difference. Not only did it stretch Miles' boundaries, as the band ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2

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It's little surprise that the recordings comprising Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 were captured in the wake of the recording of the jazz icon's seminal album In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and prior to the release of the even more significant followup, Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970), in the spring of the ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2

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While the quintet heard on this first-time commercial issue of four live dates from 1969 was, in fact, already uncovered on the November 4, 1969 Copenhagen concert DVD included in the Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition and Legacy Edition (both Columbia/Legacy, 2010) and a portion of Bitches Brew Live (Columbia/Legacy, 2011)--as well as in sextet ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967 - The Bootleg Series Volume 1

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Miles Davis Quintet
Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1
Legacy Recordings
2011

The most--perhaps only--frustrating thing about this first installment in what trumpeter Miles Davis completists can only hope ends up being an exhaustive series of archival releases, is the 44 years it took Columbia/Legacy to release ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1

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Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1 compiles an enormous amount of simply incredible music: three CDs and one DVD spanning five European performances that the trumpeter recorded in late 1967 with Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums)--what was known, even then, as Davis' ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With The New Five

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Meet The New 5: The New 5 is a cohesive group based in Austin, TX whose sound is rooted in the post-bop tradition but with a forward-leaning edge. Four of the five members of the group have or are working on their doctorates in music from the University of Texas. Thomas Heflin and Chris Budhan have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin'

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Miles Davis dared to be different. Staying true to his lifelong pugilistic passion/inspiration, he shook the jazz world many times throughout his career. To many he is remembered as the Prince Of Darkness, the raspy-voiced and hip-ly dressed maverick that poured out cool licks from his Harmon-muted red trumpet. But, above and beyond his larger-than-life persona ...