Lots of people I know – the ones who like jazz, anyway – tend to prefer Miles Davis
‘ music best from the era around Birth of the Cool
. Me, as a rock guy, I’m much more fascinated with the work he did around the time of Jack Johnson
. And this avant jazz album from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith
sounds to these ears like that exploratory-era Miles, without John McLaughlin
(or anyone, for that matter) on guitar. I can’t define this music much more sharply, but if you dig the musical references, you’ll quite likely appreciate the music on Red Hill
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