Avant-garde by accident.
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You’re so square, baby I don’t care.
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Duke Ellington’s 1958 update of his 1943 concert suite is a complete reimagining.
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James Brown’s debut puts most other R&B of the era to shame.
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“Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet” album review. Continue reading Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet
Ornette Coleman’s difficult debut still sounds ahead of its time.
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Miles Davis’ haunting soundtrack helped kick off the French New Wave.
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Cannonball Adderley’s most famous album is far more than a warm-up for Kind of Blue.
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An early instrumental rock LP that is raunchy in all the right places.
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Thelonious Himself provides an intimate setting for Monk to paint some of his moodiest pictures.
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One of Thelonious Monk’s minor collaborations; one of Gerry Mulligan’s major works.
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Chuck Berry’s electrifying debut.
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