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Miles Ahead Soundtrack / Live in Tokyo 1975

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Miles Davis / Various Artists
Miles Ahead (motion picture soundtrack)
Sony Legacy
2016

It's hard to imagine why the world would ever need yet another Miles Davis compilation. We're talking about a catalogue big enough to fill its own library and eclectic enough to give you whiplash for the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miles Davis: Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4

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Il criterio utilizzato dai produttori della Sony Legacy, per questo quarto box della eccellente 'The Bootleg Series,' è piuttosto interessante e singolare: il legame che lega assieme varie performance di Miles Davis con i suoi vari gruppi, non è quello temporale come succede di solito, ma bensì quello spaziale, per di più preso in senso molto ...

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Jeremiah

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The seventh album by guitarist Jon Lundbom and his septet Big Five Chord leaves little room for fence sitters. His music, like fellow band members Jon Irabagon and Moppa Elliott of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, walks the razor's edge between clamorous and cultured. It's comfort is often the discombobulation. That said, isn't that what ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Listen to This: Miles Davis and "Bitches Brew"

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The following is an excerpt from the “MUSIC" chapter of Listen to This: Miles Davis and “Bitches Brew" by Victor Svorinich (University Press of Mississippi, 2015).

Call It Anything

“I'd like to say one thing about Miles Davis. One time he said to me, 'Hey Wayne, do you get tired of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Akira Sakata, Pete Cosey, Hamid Drake, Bill Laswell - Two Releases Out On M.O.D. Technologies As Part Of Incunabula Digital Series

Akira Sakata, Pete Cosey, Hamid Drake, Bill Laswell - Two Releases Out On M.O.D. Technologies As Part Of Incunabula Digital Series

Akira Sakata with Bill Laswell, Pete Cosey, Hamid Drake KAIGARABUSHI - BILL LASWELL REMIX Japanese free jazz icon Akira Sakata in collaboration with the legendary guitarist Pete Cosey (Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf), drummer Hamid Drake and bassist Bill Laswell. A remix of a track from the album fisherman's.com released in 2001, it offers traditional Japanese folk ...

Chris Kelsey & What I Say: The Electric Miles Project

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Trumpeter Miles Davis' post-Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970), pre-hiatus (1975-1981) electric music--dense, loud, dark, funky, vast--has posed problems for musicians. The Yo Miles! collective, led by trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and guitarist Henry Kaiser, gamely approached it as a repertoire: these are songs, they seemed to say; let's just play them (and so they did, on albums ...

Taking stock, a year half over

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This month, at the halfway point in the year of music, we are taking stock, and there have been so many great discs released. Here is my list (in no particular order) of the best albums so far. I predict many of these will make final top ten 2013 lists. Sorry, I couldn't keep my list ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Naked Truth: Ouroboros

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With apologies to the late guitarist Pete Cosey (who led a band by the name), the members of Naked Truth are bona fide “children of Agharta." That is, the group--led by bassist-guitarist Lorenzo Feliciati--has absorbed and adapted the lessons of trumpeter Miles Davis's exhausting, tectonic live recording Agharta (Columbia, 1975) so well that Davis' disc can ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2012: The Year in Jazz

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The world of jazz officially went global in 2012, kicked the Grammy Awards in the shins, dealt with economic issues and Mother Nature, and found new ways to innovate in this social media and Internet-savvy age. There were ups and there were downs for both longstanding clubs and festivals, too.

Here's a look at ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Eivind Aarset: Guitar Anti-Hero

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In a time when the interactive video game Guitar Hero is selling in the millions, Eivind Aarset is, in many ways, the Guitar Anti-Hero. Despite making music that could easily lend itself to the kind of guitar pyrotechnics that are so often the litmus test of a good player, Aarset's emphasis is on texture, on melody, ...