Rant ‘N’ Roll: Rarest Of The Rare

In the 1990 Miles: The Autobiography, Miles Davis tells his biographer Quincy Troupe, “After we finished In A Silent Way, I took the band out on the road. Wayne [Shorter], Dave [Holland], Chick [Corea] and Jack DeJohnette were now my working band. Man, I wish this band had …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Miles Of Miles

Pianist Herbie Hancock, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, drummer Tony Williams (1945-1997) and bassist Ron Carter are all jazz legends. One couldn’t do any better if all one did when it came to jazz was listen to their respective catalogs. That’s why the recent release of the three-disc Miles Davis Quintet

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Who Was That Masked Man?

The crowd at the 1972 Newport In New York Jazz Festival had never seen anything like it. One minute we were all grooooving to some bebop and swing and the next minute some madman wearing a mask and a cape casually strolled down the aisle from the back and got …

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Miles Davis: Sketches Of Spain Legacy Edition / Columbia

What may be the last (but don’t count on it) in a string of legacy edition reissues from the Miles Davis catalog, Sketches Of Spain is just shy of turning 50 years old. That distinction it will receive next year, but that same fact didn’t prevent Kind Of Blue from …

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Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue: Legacy Edition

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, then jazz critic Francis Davis’ liner notes to the Legacy Edition of Kind Of Blue is a soft-shoe outside the Sydney Opera House to Bill Evans’ cautious waltz around the Empire State Building in his original essay, “Improvisation In Jazz.” It’s …

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Miles Davis: Tribute to Jack Johnson

There’s something in the swagger of Miles Davis’ playing on these recordings that reminds me of a boxer walking down the aisle. There’s the limit of the people crowded all around the runway, the chaos of that moment where the heavyweight comes out from behind the curtain and the whole …

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