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Thursday, February 27 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for March 2014

Get the early word on some of March's most anticipated albums from the likes of the Hold Steady, Real Estate, and the War on Drugs.


Thursday, December 23 2010

The Best 20 Re-Issues of 2010

The year's best re-issues are highlighted by a trio of rock gods in the Stones, Lennon and Bowie as well as a bona fide American jazz genius and a bevy seminal '70s and '80s British bands.


Monday, November 29 2010

Miles Davis: How Much Is Enough?

With the 40th anniversary of Bitches Brew, the Miles Davis Industry has, depending on your point of view, showered fans with gifts or merely trotted out the great trumpeter's image and leftovers for another payday. Our jazz critic talks to Davis' son and nephew about the need for a Bitches Brew celebration—reissues, concerts, and fresh material.


Thursday, September 2 2010

The Shock Heard ‘Round the World: 'Bitches Brew' Turns 40

For a lot of the critics with whom this work never registered, Bitches Brew signified the first time a butterfly turned back into a caterpillar. In actuality, the moves Miles made as the ‘70s began seem, with the benefit of hindsight, like magnetic fields pulling him into the future -- and taking music with him.


Tuesday, June 23 2009

Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain (Legacy Edition)

The secret to creating music that stands the test of time is to create timeless music: Sketches of Spain was, and remains, quite unlike anything else created in the jazz idiom.


Reviews

Thursday, March 27 2014

Miles Davis: Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3

Recorded just months after Bitches Brew and available in their entirely for the first time, these sets show that if Davis was a mad scientist in the studio, he was still a sorcerer on stage.


Thursday, December 5 2013

Miles Davis: The Original Mono Recordings

Placed back to back in this collection, Davis's late '50s and early '60s albums reveal a man coming fully into his powers as a band leader, a composer, and a trumpet player while still remaining restless.


Thursday, September 22 2011

Miles Davis: LIVE in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1

This essential box set from Davis's second quintet, represent the last purely jazz sounds we get from Miles, his final statement on the music he grew up on and would soon outgrow.


Sunday, June 5 2011

Miles Davis: The Definitive Miles Davis on Prestige

The latest Miles Davis collection chronicles some of the best, most interesting and hungry tunes the legend ever offered.


Wednesday, February 9 2011

Miles Davis: Bitches Brew Live

This is a document meant to show the evolution of Davis's electric sound, and this great performance does that well, even if other releases have already covered that ground.


Blogs

Wednesday, July 9 2014

Orange Popsicles and Lemonade: 20 Timeless Songs of Summer

Whether you're at the beach or just hanging out in the backyard, these timeless summer classics are sure to make the summer sun shine a little bit brighter.


Wednesday, August 1 2012

Top 10 Performances of American Standards from Miles Davis Records

While Miles will always be known for his original compositions and for genre-busting, innovative records like Kind of Blue, E.S.P., and Bitches Brew, it’s worthwhile to give another listen to the great performances of standards the trumpeter recorded during the earlier part of his career.


Wednesday, August 1 2012

Top 10 Performances of American Standards from Miles Davis Records (Spotify Playlist)

Today we posted this new list and have created a handy Spotify playlist so you can enjoy all the tunes, or mix them up as you please.


Friday, June 29 2012

Counterbalance No. 88: Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew'

This week’s Counterbalance runs the voodoo down with Miles Davis’ electric masterpiece -- the 88th most acclaimed album of all time.


Friday, June 24 2011

Counterbalance No. 39: Miles Davis’ 'Kind of Blue'

The Great List of the most acclaimed albums of all time makes its first foray into jazz, beginning with Miles Davis’ 1959 favorite. With no lyrics to quote, Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn are having difficulty writing this introduction.


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