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Miles for a Monday


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