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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 ...

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Mogwai: Earth Division EP

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Even when tending to the minimalistic, the music of Scottish post-rock instrumentalists Mogwai has always been about grandeur--atmospheric swells of guitars and keyboards stacked relentlessly atop each other in suffocating layers, jarring transitions from near-silent white noise to frightening explosions of high-decibel distortion. In the fourteen years since the release of its debut Young Team (Chemikal ...

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Eddie Vedder: Ukulele Songs

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Eddie Vedder Ukulele Songs Monkey Wrench 2011 The ballad “More Than You Know" was written by Vincent Youmans, Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu in 1929, a souvenir from a long gone era that a romantic might be tempted to posit represented “simpler times." Insofar as it's unlikely that anyone reading this ...

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Terell Stafford: This Side of Strayhorn

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The preservation of traditional values in jazz has long been at the core of the art form's most bittersweet dichotomy, which is essentially a spin on the age-old idea that even moderate-level progressions in any given field require ideological breakdowns that generally make everyone mad. Miles Davis, for example, decried this preservation outright, and the jazz ...

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Konitz / Mehldau / Haden / Motian: Live at Birdland

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It begins with a conversation between Lee Konitz's airy alto sax and Paul Motian's even more ethereal drums, and instantly the groove of this 1954 Sonny Rollins workhorse, “Oleo," feels comfortable, welcoming, and lived-in. Like much of what transpired on the December, 2009 dates from which ECM culled Live at Birdland, which plays home to this ...

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Brad Mehldau: Live in Marciac

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In his 2000 book Fargo Rock City (Scribner), Chuck Klosterman explains a phenomenon in heavy metal that involves the critical threshold at which the speed of notes within a solo actually changes the inherent meaning of the sound. To illustrate his point, he describes a passage by ex-Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent that, upon crossing said threshold, ...

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Thelonious Monk: The Definitive Thelonious Monk on Prestige and Riverside

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One fundamental paradox of compilation albums is the way so many good ones ultimately render themselves useless. Consider how many hits packages sit untouched on the shelves of aficionados, doomed to a lifetime of neglect simply for having the gall to work efficiently as the conversion tools they were intended to be. Consequently, a great compilation ...


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