5 for Friday: 5 Revealing Quotes from Miles Davis’s 1962 Interview with Playboy

In 1962, Playboy magazine published its first interview, which just happened to be a conversation between jazz's biggest star and Alex Haley. It's amazing to me that we are still dealing with these same issues, nearly 60 years later. I highly recommend that you read the entire interview, as it is a fascinating window into the … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Revealing Quotes from Miles Davis’s 1962 Interview with Playboy

5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 1500 & 4000 Series Combined (Part 3 of 3)

Pt. 1 - The 1500 Series | Pt. 2 - The 4000 Series | Pt. 3 - Both Series Combined This week's post is look at the most common instruments for session leaders of the 335 albums in the Blue Note 1500 & 4000 series. Part 3 of 3: Top 5 Instruments in the 1500 & 4000 Series Combined … Continue reading 5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 1500 & 4000 Series Combined (Part 3 of 3)

5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 4000 Series (Part 2 of 3)

Pt. 1 - The 1500 Series | Pt. 2 - The 4000 Series | Pt. 3 - Both Series Combined This week's post is look at the most common instruments for session leaders of the 238 albums in the Blue Note 4000 series. Part 2 of 3: The Top 5 Instruments in the 4000 Series 1. Tenor sax … Continue reading 5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 4000 Series (Part 2 of 3)

5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 1500 Series (Part 1 of 3)

Pt. 1 - The 1500 Series | Pt. 2 - The 4000 Series | Pt. 3 - Both Series Combined Regarding the Blue Note 1500 & 4000 series, I've always wondered which instruments were the most common for the session leaders. In other words, I knew there were lots of tenor sax and organ albums, but just how … Continue reading 5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 1500 Series (Part 1 of 3)

5 for Friday: The 5 Lamest Punny Titles from Blue Note

I thought I'd have a little word fun this week using Blue Note album titles. From the 1500 series through the 4000 series, Blue Note released 18 records the titles of which are puns based on the artists' first or last names. I define a "punny" album title as one which uses the artist's name, … Continue reading 5 for Friday: The 5 Lamest Punny Titles from Blue Note

5 for Friday: 5 Soundtracks to Famous Movies by Jazz Musicians

Busy this week, so here's a quick one. As the title says, here are some soundtracks by jazzers. 1. Miles Davis, Ascenseur pour l'échafaud  (1958) During a trip to France in 1957, Miles found the time to recruit some local talent and record the cues for Louis Malle's seminal French New Wave film. Released as Lift to the … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Soundtracks to Famous Movies by Jazz Musicians