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Five Classic Jazz Songs For Your Classic Rock Friends

One of the things that music nerds like me like to do is to try and turn people onto music we love (that’s really what this blog is about). So over the years I have tried to get my friends,

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Posted in Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Between Miles and Mahavishnu: John McLaughlin’s “Devotion”

John McLaughlin, guitarist extraordinaire, came to New York in 1969 at the behest of drummer Tony Williams to join his new group. He immediately found himself playing a record date with Williams’ former employer, Miles Davis on what was to

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Posted in Improvisation, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

The Universe Is Messing With Our Heads: Prince (1958-2016)

What is going on here? It seems like the plot of a bad Austin Powers movie (isn’t that redundant?) where some sinister force is killing off all rock stars of a certain generation, leaving the world to the current, younger,

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Live-Evil: Miles Davis Deconstructes The Blues on Sivad/Honky Tonk (1970)

Sort of continuing the Miles Davis theme from my previous post, I want to discuss one specific piece of Miles from the early seventies: “Honky Tonk” (a studio recording on the album “Get Up With It”) or “Sivad” (as the

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A Different Kind Of Blue: A Video Transcription of Miles Davis’s “So What”

Miles Davis. Kind Of Blue. This is one of those seminal moments in the history of 20th century music. In jazz, this was certainly one of those before/after things. Many of the concepts popularized by Kind Of Blue were not

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Posted in Improvisation, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis
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