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Miles Davis: Tokyo 1973

Sam Rivers once told me that he tried to get Miles to play free when he was with his quintet in 1964. Chick Corea later told me that he and Dave Holland were trying to force Miles into free improvisation in 1969 and ’70. Sam found it ironic that Miles would later feel entitled to to do free improvisation once the beat under him was rooted in funk. This is Miles in 1973, when all that groundwork emerged in this music.

-Michael Cuscuna

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Elvin Jones, John McLaughlin, Joey DeFrancesco: My Favorite Things

The common language of jazz is sublime, for those talented enough to speak it fluently. Jahn McLaughlin, Joey DeFrancesco and Elvin Jones stretch out on “My Favorite Things.” This is a song that Elvin played every night with John Coltrane from 1961 to ’65. His rhythmic conception and poetic agility define the performance. McLaughlin and DeFrancesco enjoy the ride and contribute their own brilliance within the confines of the concept.



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James Page interviewed in early 1963 by Royston Ellis

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Dave Liebman: My Favorite Things

Dave Liebman who spent his formative years in Elvin Jones’ band is one of the most innovative disciples of John Coltrane. Through the years as an educator, band leader and saxophonist, he has worked to keep Coltrane’s legacy alive, while developing his own considerable body of work. This great performance of “My Favorite Things” features Joey Calderazzo, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette.

-Michael Cuscuna

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Album premiere: Wand’s Ganglion Reef
This is the debut full-length release from the Los Angeles-based quartet, which was signed by Ty Segall himself to his Drag City imprint, GOD? Records, and should appeal to fans of Tame Impala. Admiring the “psychedelic stomp” of recent single “Broken Candle”, music blog Austin Town Hall goes on the describe the album like this: “Ganglion Reef has a great deal of fuzzy elements to it but they walk this fine line between being noisy and radio-friendly.”
Hear it on Hype Machine this week. 

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Album premiere: Wand’s Ganglion Reef

This is the debut full-length release from the Los Angeles-based quartet, which was signed by Ty Segall himself to his Drag City imprint, GOD? Records, and should appeal to fans of Tame Impala. Admiring the “psychedelic stomp” of recent single “Broken Candle”, music blog Austin Town Hall goes on the describe the album like this: “Ganglion Reef has a great deal of fuzzy elements to it but they walk this fine line between being noisy and radio-friendly.”

Hear it on Hype Machine this week.