The Second Great Quintet of Miles Davis: The Best Band Miles Ever Had

April 5, 2015 | Posted in JAZZ | By

Nearly telepathic band interplay At the risk of hyperbole, I believe The Miles Davis Quintet of 1965 to 1968 is the greatest modern jazz group ever assembled. Think about it? Saxophonist Wayne Shorter at his composing and playing peak, Herbie

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Miles Davis: The Final 10 Years of Music

April 3, 2015 | Posted in JAZZ | By

Not groundbreaking music, but still pretty good: I will not insult your intelligence by saying the 1980’s music from Miles Davis is as good or even close to being as groundbreaking as the earlier time periods of his music.  I

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What Happened During the Lost Years of Miles Davis

March 30, 2015 | Posted in JAZZ | By

Miles Barely Survived: No time in the life of Miles Davis is more of an enigma than the “lost” period. The period where Miles forced himself into retirement from late 1975 through Mid 1980. During this 5 year period, Miles

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Miles Davis Birth of the Cool: Hauntingly Good Music From 1949/1950

March 29, 2015 | Posted in JAZZ | By

The Beginning of the Davis/Evans Collaboration Historically, one of the oddities about the Birth of the Cool is that the music gathered in one place was not released until 1957. After Miles had Secured his big deal with Columbia, in

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Miles Davis and His Parisian Love Affair

March 28, 2015 | Posted in JAZZ | By

Miles’ first trip to Paris Yes, it is true, Miles Davis did indeed have a love affair with Paris France. Miles Said: ” It changed the way I looked at things forever, Paris was where I noticed, that not all

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The Electric Jazz Rock and Funk of Miles Davis 1969-1975

March 26, 2015 | Posted in JAZZ, ROCK | By

Experimental rock, funk, and a bit of Jazz The electric music of Miles Davis, a style of music that would form almost his entire discography from 1969 until his death at age 65 in 1991. Typically the music Miles recorded

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Four Classic Albums in Two Days: Creating History With the Miles Davis Quintet 1956

March 25, 2015 | Posted in JAZZ | By

The first classic quintet The two recording sessions from May 11, and Oct. 26, 1956 from Miles Davis that produced Cookin’ Relaxin’ Steamin’ and Workin’ are widely considered the 2 greatest sessions in jazz history. The fact it turned out

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The 3 Most Important Miles Davis Albums For the Contemporary Musician

March 4, 2015 | Posted in JAZZ, PROGRESSIVE ROCK | By

Miles brought many diverse genres together Here in the 21st Century world music is king, all types of sounds are emanating from diverse parts of the globe, they are finding their way into every contemporary music imaginable. Miles Davis used

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Hangin’ On The Corner With Miles Davis

December 20, 2013 | Posted in JAZZ | By

Was On the Corner Miles Davis’ Most hated Album? I can’t think of a more polarizing album in the Miles Davis discography than On the Corner.  Released in 1972, the album was universally hated by jazz critics and by many

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From Jazz to Something Not of This Earth: Why Couldn’t the Jazz Critics Get Bitches Brew?

December 5, 2013 | Posted in JAZZ, PROGRESSIVE ROCK | By

When Bitches Brew was released in July of 1970, the story for the 500,000 who bought the album was, “wow, this is some wild challenging music”. Unfortunately the establishment jazz critic didn’t always see things that way, they would charge

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