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    The Best Miles Davis Albums

    Monday, January 31st, 2011

    Miles Davis is one of the most important figures in modern music. He began his career in the bebop scene with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, reinvented jazz with John Coltane in the 50’s, formed one of the greatest jazz bands in the 60’s, played with Hendrix, introduced electric jazz towards the end of the […]

    2010 Year in Review

    Saturday, January 1st, 2011

    Another year has passed, and one of the things I like to spout off around the beginning of the year is the importance of trying something new. When it comes to music, expanding your horizons is both exciting and rewarding. While we may sometimes think that we only really like a few different kinds of […]

    5 Ridiculously Skilled Musicians You Have to Hear to Believe

    Friday, August 27th, 2010

    Ultimately, music isn’t about talent, but about artistic expression. Popular music is full of musicians who may have not had the greatest skills, yet made a huge impact on music and the world. Groups like The Beatles, Nirvana, The Ramones…all great, but not exactly “virtuosos”. This post isn’t about these musicians. Nope, here we’re going […]

    18 Musical Innovations We Can Thank African Americans For

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

    Without African Americans, there is no American music. Some of the most raw, energetic, complex, and groundbreaking music that has ever been played was played by African Americans from the US. Everything we listen to today, in some way or another, was influenced by their musical vision and innovation. Here are 18 musical innovations that […]

    Wow! Buddy Rich is Awesome!

    Thursday, August 27th, 2009

    So, the other day my friend Pandora radio played a song called “Time Check” from a drummer named Buddy Rich. I had never heard of him before, but I was immediately blown away. This was fast, loud, in your face swing. I had never heard swing with such a flair and such energy. I immediately […]

    Album Review: John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

    Sunday, February 8th, 2009

    Classical music afficionados have Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Rock fans have The Beatles’ White Album. Jazz fans have A Love Supreme. If you’ve read my post about essential jazz recordings, you know that I ranked this album as #1. John Coltrane’s masterpiece is a winner on so many different levels. Let’s take a closer look. The […]

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