Monday, January 21, 2013

The Jazz Thing

The Jazz Thing, Round 1 (40 Word/Album Limit)

#12 Miles Davis – "Bitches' Brew" (1970)  v.  #124 Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society  "Infernal Machines" (2009)

An unfortunate match-up.  I found Bitches' Brew a few years ago, and called it "one long festival of groovy sounds."  It's one of the records that sparked my interest in jazz.


Largely driven by hard, simple beats, Infernal Machines is very eclectic, highly accomplished, and packs much of the excitement and grit of intelligent modern rock.  Excellent jazz in our time, with no whiff of retro.  Who knew?

Very regrettably, Infernal Machines must yield to Bitches' Brew.  But there is no shame in that.

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