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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 […]

    Rock With Barack: The President’s Playlist

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

    This story is too good for me to pass up! It turns out Barack Obama was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine about his musical taste, and other things…politics, foreign policy, blah, blah, blah. This of course, does not concern me at all. So! What music does the pres like to listen to? He says […]

    Jazz Fusion: A Primer

    Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

    My current music obsession is jazz fusion. This genre got its start in the late 1960’s; many cite Miles Davis’ “In a Silent Way” as the first “fusion” album. So, what is it? In short, jazz mixed with a little rock and a little funk. Of course, there are variations. Some say fusion is “electric” […]

    Alan’s Essential Jazz Recordings Part 1

    Friday, July 18th, 2008

    Jazz is one of those topics that people are either completely ambivalent about, or completely passionate about. Even if you’re one of those ambivalent types towards jazz, there are so many great recordings out there. These are recordings that have inspired newer music from genres as varied as hip hip to rock music. In fact, […]

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