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Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlingly protean. To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-'40s to the early '90s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the music during that period, and he often led the way in those changes, both with his own performances and recordings and by choosing sidemen and collaborators who forged the new directions

Music From And Inspired By Birth Of The Cool, A Film by Stanley Nelson

Label: Legacy Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Commentary: Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath; Milestones; Commentary: Greg Tate; Donna Le; Commentary: Ashley Kahn, Symphony Sid Introduction; Moon Dreams' Commentary: George Wein; ‘Round Midnight; Commentary: Carlos Santana; It Never Entered My Mind; Commentary: Vincent Bessieres; Generique; Commentary: Jimmy Cobb; So What; Commentary: Gil Evans; New Rhumba; Commentary: Frances Taylor Davis; The Pan Piper (Alborada de Vigo); Commentary: Jack Chambers; Someday My Prince Will Come; Commentary: Wayne Shorter; Footprints; Commentary: Carlos Santana, Quincy Troupe; Miles Runs The Voodoo Down; Commentary: Marcus Miller; Tutu; Commentary: Erin Davis ;Hail To The Real Chief.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Swana: Philly Gumbo

Read "John Swana: Philly Gumbo" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 2000. In addition to being one of the finest contemporary jazz trumpet players, John Swana is a human being who is spontaneously authentic and refuses to play a false role. Having reached the ripe old age of 38, John has ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bill Bruford: In the Court of the Percussion King

Read "Bill Bruford: In the Court of the Percussion King" reviewed by AAJ Staff

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. A charmed life might be a good way of describing that of Bill Bruford. Always at the center of and driving vastly creative projects, including King Crimson, Yes, Earthworks, Genesis, Bruford, Gong and many other collaborations of like minds, ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Piano

Read "Piano" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Following his debut as a leader on, Wynton Kelly: New Faces -New Sounds (Blue Note, 1951), pianist Kelly surfaced again some seven years later, this time on Riverside Records, with the simply titled Piano. The length of time between leader recordings is a testament to the pianist's value in a supporting role for artists like Dinah ...

Composer Tributes: Strayhorn, Shorter, Monk and Sam Jones

Read "Composer Tributes: Strayhorn, Shorter, Monk and Sam Jones" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There always seem to be albums coming out that pay tribute to accomplished jazz composers. Here are some newer ones, three on very familiar names and one on an often overlooked musician. John Di Martino Passion Flower: The Music of Billy Strayhorn Sunnyside Records 2020 Pianist John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: The Music of Wayne Shorter

Read "The Music of Wayne Shorter" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

As a saxophonist, founding member of Weather Report and member of Miles Davis' second great acoustic quintet, it won't be hard to find Wayne Shorter's name in the pages of modern jazz history. But the massive The Music of Wayne Shorter highlights a sometimes-overlooked element of Shorter's musicianship: His ability to compose, which has contributed “Footprints," ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection

Read "Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

It is difficult to describe the impact of pianist and composer Matthew Shipp without descending into hyperbole. A core figure in the now-legendary David S. Ware Quartet, a bandleader with a staggering recording output, a groundbreaking curator for the influential Blues Series of Thirsty Ear Records, Matthew Shipp has also more recently broken new ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lee Konitz Tribute and New Releases

Read "Lee Konitz Tribute and New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this edition a celebration of the music of jazz giant Lee Konitz together with some new releases: Denman Maroney brings an inventive and creative approach to the piano with his new album. Exploring different aspects of the keyboard with his “hyperpiano" he delivers a fresh and exciting sound. JUNO-nominated Canadian jazz ...


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