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Miles Davis


Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davisplayed the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodicstyle, often employing a stemless harmon mute to make hissound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to hisinstrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlinglyprotean. To examine his career is to examine the history ofjazz from the mid-'40s to the early '90s, since he was in thethick of almost every important innovation and stylisticdevelopment in the music during that period, and he often ledthe way in those changes, both with his own performancesand recordings and by choosing sidemen and collaboratorswho forged the new directions. It can even be argued that jazzstopped evolving when Davis wasn't there to push it forward.


Workin' With the Miles Davis Quintet

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: It Never Entered My Mind; Four; In Your Own Sweet Way; The Theme (take #1); Trane's Blues; Ahmad's Blues; Half Nelson; The Theme (take #2).


Live at the Washateria

Label: Purgatory Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: My Favorite Things; Blue Stain.


Article: Touchstone Album Picks

Pernille Bévort: Curious Explorations

Read "Pernille Bévort: Curious Explorations" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A veteran of the Danish jazz scene since the '90s, saxophonist/reeds player and composer Pernille Bévort has built an impressive discography as a leader. With the moveable feast that is Radio Bévort, she has demonstrated the depth and range of her musical palette, marrying jazz and tango on Perfect Organisation (Gateway Music, 2011) with bandoneon player ...


Article: Album Review

Jared Hall: Influences

Read "Influences" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz music has proliferated through generations traditionally by means of the oral tradition--meaning that knowledge is passed on by mentors, some by personal connection and others by more casual means. In modern times, this tradition lives alongside the jazz school phenomenon, where classrooms and studios incubate talent, while students inescapably still must pay their dues on ...


Article: Album Review

Denny Zeitlin: Panoply

Read "Panoply" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Denny Zeitlin's Panoply is a diverse array collection of unreleased performances comprising solo piano recordings at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland, California, trio sessions with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Matt Wilson captured at Mezzrow Jazz Club in New York City, and duo pieces with drummer/percussionist George Marsh collected over a decade of home recordings ...


Article: Jazz in Long Form

From Showboat-to-Samba: Transculturation of Brazilian Music in America

Read "From Showboat-to-Samba: Transculturation of Brazilian Music in America" reviewed by Troy Hoffman

By 1957, jazz music was fully stretching out and the bossa nova movement was one of the many impacts. American artists of all types had been expanding their knowledge of international cultures for quite some time, specifically Latin countries and the musical rhythms driving them--one of the earliest being Cuban culture, which began popularizing in the ...


Article: Interview

Meilana Gillard: Adventures In Sound

Read "Meilana Gillard: Adventures In Sound" reviewed by Ian Patterson

To nurture a sound on one's instrument--a personal voice--that is instantly recognizable, is not necessarily easy. It can be especially hard if following in a line of historical heavy hitters. Meilana Gillard, the Ohio-raised, Northern Ireland-based tenor saxophonist has been compared to Johnny Hodges, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Lovano and Branford ...


Article: Live Review

Jazz Is Dead at Nectar's

Read "Jazz Is Dead at Nectar's" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Is Dead Nectar's Burlington, Vermont June 4, 2024 Originally spearheaded in 1998 by drummer extraordinaire Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis), Jazz Is Dead has incorporated more than a few different personnel configurations over the course of its quarter-century plus existence. Having coalesced most recently to feature guitarists Steve Kimock ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Andrew Hill, Luke Stewart, Ivo Perelman, and more

Read "Andrew Hill, Luke Stewart, Ivo Perelman, and more" reviewed by David Brown

This week, pianoless trios from U.S.E. Trio, Julieta Eugenio and Sonny Rollins; Andrew Hill works from Chad Taylor, Alex Harding and Lucian Ban; a piano battle: Johnny Costa vs. Art Tatum; albums recorded on this day in history: Davis's On the Corner and Coltrane's Crescent; A fine set of works featuring bassist Luke Stewart; and toping ...


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