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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Six Best Jazz Records For People Who Hate Jazz

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4. Miles Davis, Bitches Brew The key to breaking through Bitches Brew is to start with the second half of the famous double LP, where the songs are shorter (meaning not twenty minutes each) and more easily absorbed. "Sanctuary" is painful and gorgeous, "John McLaughlin" is unrelenting and "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" is legitimately funky. Bitches Brew has a reputation as being Miles Davis' weirdo album and his rock album. Really it is neither; it is alien music that only a true genius would attempt.

3. Chicago Underground Duo, Synesthesia Calling Chicago Underground Duo's 2000 album Synesthesia a jazz record is fairly limiting. The pair consisting of drummer Chad Taylor and trumpeter Rob Mazurek (both of whom multitask impressively) is firmly grounded in jazz and electronic music, and they blend the two tastefully and effortlessly. Mazurek has played trumpet on records by fellow Chicagoan Tortoise, and the same jazz infusion exists throughout Synesthesia, albeit more intense.

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