The comment that a band is "good at what it does" is a polite attempt to acknowledge the talents of a group outside of one's wheelhouse. But the phrase tends to come off as a dismissive, backhanded compliment, the type of statement a person makes to avoid actually forming an opinion. The underlying ... More >>
I love jazz but completely understand why somebody would not. Roughly 95 percent of music in the genre is self-indulgent, regressive crap, but that other 5 percent rules hard enough to possibly convert haters. Here are the six best jazz records for people who hate jazz.
About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar school dropout later this week. In the meantime, here are the six most bizarre crossover attempts by jazz ... More >>
Bass has many forms -- electric, upright, synthesized. Whatever its shape, it is a crucial element to popular music.
Most songs don't need good bass lines, but the ones that have them are propelled into greatness. Here are the six best bass lines. Please note that bass parts that parrot guitar par ... More >>
Andrew TheisingMiles Davis' East St. Louis childhood home in October 2011.There was a deep puddle the width of the entire dirt road, so Dr. Andrew Theising, a political science professor at Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville, wheeled his car over the gravel shoulder instead.
He was taki ... More >>
Andrew TheisingMiles Davis' East St. Louis childhood home in October 2011.There was a deep puddle the width of the entire dirt road, so Dr. Andrew Theising, a political science professor at Southern Illinois University -- Edwardsville, wheeled his car over the gravel shoulder instead.
He was ta ... More >>
Albert SamahaEast St. Louis Senior High's Miles to go Jazztet had the crowd bouncing at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.The trumpet slipped in as a whisper, simmering below the bouncing bass and rattling drums, before Brady Lewis leaned back an inch and filled BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups with thick sou ... More >>
wikimedia commonsThe estate of the late jazz trumpeter Miles Davis will team up this summer and fall with several St. Louis area organizations and venues to present the Miles Davis Festival, a series of concerts, exhibits and celebrations of Davis' musical legacy that organizers hope will bec ... More >>
Christian SchaefferMiles Davis on a cake!Earlier this afternoon, East St. Louis Mayor Alvin L. Parks threw a party to commemorate the 84th birthday of Miles Dewey Davis III, known to most as Miles Davis. The event, which took place in Parks' office, honored the jazz legend and paid tribute to ... More >>