Miles Davis’ The Original Mono Recordings: A Buyer’s Guide

The folks in charge of Miles Davis' estate, along with Columbia/Legacy, are becoming masters of finding new ways to repackage and re-release the Prince of Darkness' catalog.  Or, in the case of the live bootleg series, releasing material for the first time in high quality packaging (Vol. 3 comes out later this month).  This fall …

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OutsideInsideOut’s Top 10 of 2013

In Simulacra and Simulation Jean Baudrillard notes how humans like to stockpile their past as a way to remember it.  Perhaps one of the finest examples of this are the various year end poll, best of lists, recaps, summaries etc.  This year NPR Music hosted the annual jazz critics poll that Francis Davis has been …

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Words Don’t Go There: When “Tight” Just Won’t Do It

So you've probably heard the adage: "writing about music is like dancing about architecture."  That gets to what follows, but I was reading something for my dissertation a couple weeks back (I can't remember the author, perhaps it was Nathaniel Mackey) and the phrase "words don't go there" really stuck out.  What the author was …

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You Know You Want Miles’ Live in Europe 1969 Bootleg, Just Get It

It should come as no real surprise that the second installment of Miles' Bootleg Series, Live in Europe 1969 won the Downbeat Critic's Poll best historical/reissue category this year.  (List of poll winners can be found here, and check the August issue for the complete list of those who received votes.)  This set was at …

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