Rowan Thomason

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Mingus Ah Um - 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition ~ Charles Mingus
Great Mingus album, generally considered a jazz classic. I don't think this is as good as some of his other albums, but it is a fairly essential one, and is almost certainly the Mingus album which a Mingus beginner or a more casual jazz fan would find the least intimidating. There is a lighter, more accessible quality to this material than the large majority of his other stuff.

The main album itself is brilliant from beginning to end. The bonus tracks aren't as great, but I never let that affect my judgement of the album itself.

This edition of Ah Um also includes a complete other album, Mingus Dynasty, which, to be honest, I still haven't gotten around to (I take my… Read more
The Complete On The Corner Sessions ~ Miles Davis
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That is how I'd describe, in few words, the playing of Miles and his various revolving compadres during this period, which is 1972-75.

In case it needs to be said, The Complete On the Corner Sessions isn't just outtakes from the making of On the Corner. These boxsets of Miles' fusion albums were just a means of collecting and releasing all of the studio material Miles put out between 1968 and 1975 in chronological order. Putting it all into one release would have been ridiculous, so the music is broken into four rough periods, each corresponding to some degree to one of the major original fusion studio albums. As much as the titles are totally false then, there is some logic to… Read more