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10 by Miles Davis

Some of my favorite recordings from Miles' acoustic years: Bag's Groove, My Funny Valentine, Generique, Milestones, Solea, Teo, Masqualero, etc.

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10 with Art Blakey

A look back at the five-decade career of the original Jazz Messenger – with his own band and bringing the heat in some legendary sessions with other artists.

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Hot New Artist: Sun Ra

Hoping to make a career playing (or teaching) jazz? Take a few tips from interstellar traveler and consummate showman Sun Ra.

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A Brief History of American Roots Music

From W.C. Handy to The Black Keys: A quick look at how American roots music evolved in the 20th Century. Footnotes available upon request.

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10 for Blue Note’s 75th

Time for this hopeless Blue Note fanatic to pay tribute to the jazz label’s 75 years in business. I was inspired by a recent article on NPR.org by a couple of top-notch music writers – Tom Moon [...]

RCR’s Greatest Hits

I’ve been at this RCR thing for nearly five years now, and we just published our 250th post. Imagine if I would’ve put all that effort into a solid money-making venture, like cooking meth, [...]

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Sweet Summits: Jazz

I thought this theme worked pretty well in our blues post. But I couldn’t resist expanding the definition so I could cover some of my favorite jazz summits. Think of these collaborations as [...]

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Hot New Artist: Sun Ra

Let me start by pointing out that what I don’t know about Sun Ra could fill a book. A 476-page book, to be precise – written by John F. Szwed, who happens to know a lot about Sun Ra. I’ll also [...]

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10 by Sonny Rollins

Check it – RCR is now optimized for iPad and iPhone use. We’re also the only site I’m aware of that’s optimized for rotary phones. Just dial Garfield 1-2323 and I’ll have [...]

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Monk and the Butterfly

Several things happened since I first posted this piece almost two years ago: 1) Based on my google stats, it’s still drawing a lot of readers; 2) A new bio about long-time Thelonious Monk [...]

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10 by Miles Davis

I’m a bit of a “completist,” but only with a few select artists. For example, I don’t need all 1,000 songs that Lightnin’ Hopkins recorded throughout his career. Just give me a little bit of this [...]

Monk and the Butterfly

“This is the story of a love affair between a man and a woman whose backgrounds and experiences, whose cultures and class were so different, that the chances of them even meeting were extremely [...]

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Junkie Jazz

I grew up listening to a lot of jazz. Not the edgy stuff. My dad mostly liked straight-ahead piano players like Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner and Earl “Fatha” Hines. He also had those “can’t [...]