Miles Davis and Melodic Minimalism

Miles Davis is by far even more economical than Coltrane. Almost like a Japanese parchment painting, where you just take the ink and that’s it, man. It’s there and that’s it. In “Freddie Freeloader”, Miles does something really beautiful. He gives me a melody of 2 notes. See, he’s doing the 12 bar blues. It’s the 12 bar blues. But he does something here: he cadences on Ab7. Ab7? Hey… what key am I in?…

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Deals with the Devil: A Brief Musical History

If folktales are to be believed, the devil seems to have quite the interest in music. Whether it’s the satanic imagery, that’s ever pervasive in metal or the legendary fiddle duel in the Devil Went Down to Georgia, it would appear that the Prince of Darkness likes a good tune as much as you and I. But, there’s one tale of the Devil in music, that captivates like no other and it’s one that’s been told for centuries — the deal…

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