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Miles Davis at the Fillmore: Vinyl and Now New 4 Disc Bootleg Box Set

Exciting news for March 25th 2014, the Miles Davis Bootleg series releases it'sthird volume. This time recordings live from the Fillmore East in New York City circa June 1970.

This music was originally released 8 months after Bitches Brew hit the streets, and these live shows featured bands like the Grateful Dead and Santana sharing the bill.

When  I first heard about this release, I immediately thought about Saxophonist Steve Grossman and how he was virtually edited out of the original release, I will be very interested in hearing his tenor sax contribution on these restored sessions.

The title track for Bitches Brew is the glue that holds these sessions together, fact is, it can get a tad monotonous, but it's hard not to enjoy it as rock solid pallet on this double album. I like the twin piano attack of Chick Corea and Kieth Jarret, lets be honest, both of them on the same record, crazy is it not?

Corea and Jarrett do a lot of noodling for sure, but they always have someth…

Dee Barton: Clint Eastwood, Stan Kenton and Everywhere in Between

One of the fascinating things about life is variety, after all it is the spice of life.  I also like when that variety intermingles seamlessly with the different interests I have.

One such interest is Clint Eastwood, Only a few movies of his I don't like, his whole persona intrigues me, not to mention how he developed into a fine Oscar caliber actor and a Director on par with the likes of Scorsese and Coppola.

Another interest is jazz, with modern progressive big band being one of my particular focuses. I dig Ellington, and Gil Evans quite a bit, but Stan Kenton has always struck a chord with me. He's not universally loved, or even respected.

I have been listening to jazz since around 1996/1997, and Kenton was one of the bands my dad did not like, he was a swing guy, dixieland and such, didn't have taste for the progressive sounds at all.  It trully didn't mean a thing if it didn't have that swing to him.

I was fortunate, 2 CD's my dad passed off on me were,  …

Dave Brubeck's Time Out: Underrated or Overrated Timeless Classic?

I used to be in the camp that Time Out was a tad overrated, not grossly overrated mind you, perhaps just not as groundbreaking as it is touted as being.

 The fact it was released in the same year as Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, Charles Mingus' Mingus Ah Um, and Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come, has lead to much discussion about that mythic year, and Time Out is certainly a part of it.

Brubeck was never considered a ground breaker on the piano, was he? Don't get me wrong, he is fine pianist, with a nice classy block chord heavy sound. Was Paul Desmond considered a firebrand on alto? No!

 I know avant-garde saxophonist Anthony Braxton has said Desmond was influential to him, but really we are not talking about Charlie Parker on alto with Desmond.

The hook here is the odd "for the time" time signatures, by today's standards they seem tame and not at all complex or extraordinary. Even in hindsight I don't get excited, a lot of great progressive …