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Miles Davis

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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

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Merci Miles! Live at Vienne

Label: Warner Bros.
Released: 2021
Track listing: Hannibal; Human Nature; Time After Time; Penetration; Wrinkle; Amandla; Jailbait; Finale

Article: Radio

Miles Davis, Rodney Jones & Reggie Quinerly

Read "Miles Davis, Rodney Jones & Reggie Quinerly" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Jazz musicians have resumed gigging in clubs and venues around the world. New York City is leading the way and the crowds are coming in big numbers. In honor of that, we begin the 710th Episode of Neon Jazz with NYC jazz drummer Reggie Quinerly with a track off his latest release New York Nowhere. We ...

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Article: Album Review

Miles Davis: Merci Miles! Live at Vienne

Read "Merci Miles! Live at Vienne" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Miles Davis ha sempre avuto un rapporto speciale con la Francia. Il suo primo tour in Europa, a maggio del 1949, lo vide proprio protagonista a Parigi con il quintetto che lo vedeva co-leader assieme al pianista Tadd Dameron. Miles era poco più che ventenne e subito fu adorato dagli artisti che si radunavano alla corte ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Unconventional Instruments

Read "Unconventional Instruments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ECM regularly tops lists of the best jazz labels though their full name--Edition of Contemporary Music--would argue for a broader scope of content. A substantial number of their most popular albums, such as Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill (1974), Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos (1989), Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (1997), and many more, are not ...

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Dave Mullen

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Saxophonist/Composer/Producer Dave Mullen offers a welcome dose of SOLACE to a world sorely in need of it on his invigorating new album on Mullsoul Music Records that features the exhilarating musicianship of a group of his masterful peers: pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Hans Glawischnig, drummer E.J. Strickland and, in a pair of special guest appearances, trumpeter Jim Seeley. The album was also mixed by the Grammy-winning producer engineer Jeff Jones, a regular collaborator with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Far from the somber elegy the title might imply, however, Mullen introduces 7 songs that pay homage to the likes of some of jazz's most iconic and inspiring voices John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Michael Brecker, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Dave Mullen has been a staple on the NYC scene for years having performed and/or recorded with many renowned artists such as Nile Rodgers, Gloria Gaynor, Roy Ayers, Gil Scott Heron, Vic Juris, Marc Ribot, Mark Egan, John Hicks, Bernie Worrell, John Medeski, Hans Glawischnig, Boris Koslov, Jon Cowherd, P-Funk, Ben Vereen, The Brand New Heavies, Eddie Hazel, Brian Jackson, George Porter, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Claudio Roditi, Cecil Bridgewater, John Gros, Victor Jones, John Hicks, Billy “Bass” Nelson, Jerome Brailey, Blue Man Group, Slick Rick, Danny Gottlieb, Delfeayo Marsalis, Robin Eubanks, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, John Benitez, and many others. Saxophonist/Composer Dave Mullen introduces his inspiring new album SOLACE on Mullsoul Music Records that features a group of his masterful peers: pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Hans Glawischnig, drummer E.J

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Half Nelson: Cool Perfection

Half Nelson: Cool Perfection

For those who don't quite get East Coast cool jazz or why it's special, I have two words for you: Half Nelson. The song, credited to Miles Davis, was first recorded for Savoy in 1947 by the Miles Davis All Stars, featuring Miles Davis (tp), Charlie Parker (ts), John Lewis (p), Nelson Boyd (b) and Max ...

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Article: Interview

Dave McMurray: Blowing on the Edge of Grate-ness

Read "Dave McMurray: Blowing on the Edge of Grate-ness" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Saxophonist Dave McMurray's discography is reflective of the musical melting pot of his hometown jny: Detroit. Dave came up playing with everyone from bluesman Albert King, pianist Geri Allen, even Kid Rock. He is most known for his decades-long association with eclectic producer, and Blue Note label President, Don Was. Through Was, ...

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Article: Album Review

Gui Duvignau: 3,5,8

Read "3,5,8" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


As a youngster, French bassist Gui Duvignau was exposed to several disparate cultures and musical forms thanks to his adventure seeking parents' relocations to Morocco, Brazil, Portugal and back to Paris before landing in Boston, MA., to attend the Berklee School of Music, and subsequently ending up in New York City. Duvignau advises that in his ...

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Article: Interview

Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 1-2

Read "Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 1-2" reviewed by Ian Patterson


"Everybody wants to play with Zakir. He's amazing..." The words were spoken by Herbie Hancock, one of many musicians who paid tribute to the great Indian tabla player and composer Zakir Hussain on the occasion of his Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco Jazz Centre in 2017. In a short film made for ...


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