Articles tagged john coltrane, miles davis, jazz

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile: Continuum

Pianist Nik Bärtsch returns to the group he helmed before signing to ECM, assembling an album that will move your toes as it stirs your head.

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Terrace Martin: Velvet Portraits

With Velvet Portraits, Martin continues on his quest to become a modern jazz-fusion great while also giving a nod to his Los Angeles roots in the process.

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Kanye and Mingus: Gifted, Complicated and Proud of It

Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.

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Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom: Otis Was a Polar Bear

The eclectic drummer fronts her best jazz band ever, setting up clarinet, cornet, violin, and piano to fly free and have fun. Allison Miller is a force.

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Miles Davis, Robert Glasper, Bilal - “Ghetto Walkin’” (Singles Going Steady)

The tempo of "Ghetto Walkin" is noticeably faster than the Davis original, yet it creates a rich texture of sound that is well paced by the dry percussion.

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21 Apr 2016 // 11:45 AM

Jameszoo - “Flu feat. Arthur Verocai” (Singles Going Steady)

Jameszoo's "Flu" is simply the greatest piece of contemporary jazz in 2016 thus far.

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Various Artists: Miles Ahead Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Don Cheadle, director and star of Miles Ahead, has assembled a mostly enticing soundtrack to his film, though still peppered with a few inessentials.

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19 Apr 2016 // 2:02 AM

Claffy: Claffy

Well-fashioned post-bop from an up-and-comer with a broad pedigree.

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Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs

One of contemporary jazz's most unique voices pays respect to another unique voice.

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8 Apr 2016 // 2:11 PM

Miles Davis and Robert Glasper feat. Phonte - “Violets”

"Violets" is an excellent jazz-hop single to honor the great Miles Davis.

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8 Apr 2016 // 9:28 AM

Colin Stetson - “SORROW III” (Singles Going Steady)

The track isn't merely about "sorrow", that passing sentiment of unhappiness that always allows recovery; rather, it is about this sentiment amplified tenfold.

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Colin Stetson: SORROW - A Reimagining of Górecki’s Third Symphony

Saxophonist Colin Stetson focuses on leading over playing here, assembles a group and building compositions with them to both honor a classic work and render it entirely new.

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We Are the Hope: An Interview With Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis

Marsalis speaks to PopMatters about The Absynnian Mass, his inspirations, compositional techniques, and the reason he plays music.

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Don Cheadle Adds Jazz Legend Miles Davis to His Gallery of Portraits

Years in development, Miles Ahead was produced, co-written and directed by Don Cheadle, who also stars as Davis.

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‘Miles Ahead’ Ponders Miles Davis’ Lost Years

Ponder this reality for a moment: Don Cheadle needs a white co-star in order to make a movie about Miles Davis.

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Marco Benevento: The Story of Fred Short

Benevento has shown us how he can do as a keyboardist and composer, and it's disappointing to hear less than that on a new album.

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Gregory Porter - “Don’t Lose Your Steam” (Singles Going Steady)

Gregory Porter has his eyes on the good things in life and uses his voice to remind us of their presence.

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‘Born To Be Blue’ Props Up the Cult of the Intuitive Genius

This film slyly suggests that even Chet Baker himself couldn’t quite work out who ‘Chet Baker: Jazz Legend’ might or should be.

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Aruán Ortiz Trio: Hidden Voices

Ortiz is a percussive pianist, but in all that power Hidden Voices never loses a sense of nuance and discovery.

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23 Mar 2016 // 11:14 AM

Maylight - “Heavy Artillery” (Singles Going Steady)

Resembling an amalgam of future-funk and experimental jazz, "Heavy Artillery" follows Lizzy Parks' sultry vocal performance through a contracting fog of electronic whirrings and lounge-room bass.

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