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'Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975': How many Miles do we have left?

latimes.com — My name is Chris, and I am getting tired of Miles Davis. I recognize this is a little like a food critic declaring they are sick of tacos, or - more specifically - a rock writer claiming they've had enough of the Beatles (guilty on that front too, I'm afraid), but this is the knee-jerk response when another lushly packaged dip into the archives arrives on the release calendar.
Jul 17, 2015

My name is Chris, and I'm getting tired of Miles Davis: On the Bootleg Series at Newport, 1955-1975 latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jul 20, 2015

RT @tedgioia: "My name is Chris, and I am getting tired of Miles Davis...." dld.bz/dM3gB (from @chrisbarton). pic.twitter.com/JPkdmqjAvt

Jul 20, 2015

Too much Miles? @chrisbarton on a new compilation. "My name is Chris and I am getting tired of Miles Davis." latimes.com/entertainment/…

Chris Barton: Brewery tries to bottle the essence of the Grateful Dead

herald-review.com — Can a beer taste like a band sounds? It's an esoteric question but one the proudly esoteric alchemists at the Delaware craft beer company Dogfish Head don't mind asking again and again.

Making the move to the Mac

nzherald.co.nz — The unbearable lightness of a MacBook Air. It's been about 25 years since I last used an Apple computer. My reluctant retirement from the Mac world was forced upon me. At the time I was editing New Zealand PC World, so working on a Mac really wouldn't do - although I always thought the fact that the magazine was produced on Macs was an unacknowledged hypocrisy.

Dogfish Head's American Beauty bids the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well

latimes.com — Can a beer taste like a band sounds? It's an esoteric question but one the proudly esoteric alchemists at the Delaware craft beer company Dogfish Head don't mind asking again and again.
Jul 02, 2015

'Europe 72' and @dogfishbeer's American Beauty didn't quite make me a Grateful Dead fan, but they came close latimes.com/entertainment/…

Makaya McCraven's 'In the Moment' captures the spirit of Chicago jazz scene

latimes.com — Makaya McCraven, "In the Moment" (International Anthem) Home to a wealth of riches such as the Jazz Record Mart, the Green Mill and the ever-fertile Assn. for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Chicago's modern jazz scene continues to be one of the most vibrant in the country.

Playboy Jazz Festival keeps the party moving at the Bowl

latimes.com — "We'd like to play a piece for Ornette Coleman," Jason Moran told the Playboy Jazz Festival crowd late Saturday afternoon. Moran was midway though a rambunctious set with his R&B-soaked tribute to Fats Waller, and the Hollywood Bowl crowd, perhaps a little distracted by the approaching dinner hour and occasional low-flying beach ball, didn't respond to the mention of the groundbreaking saxophonist, who died Thursday at age 85.
Jun 14, 2015

My Saturday @PlayboyJazzFest, which included tributes to Gerald Wilson, Fats Waller and a lone nod to Ornette latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jun 14, 2015

RT @chrisbarton: My Saturday @PlayboyJazzFest, which included tributes to Gerald Wilson, Fats Waller and a lone nod to Ornette latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jun 14, 2015

RT @chrisbarton: My Saturday @PlayboyJazzFest, which included tributes to Gerald Wilson, Fats Waller and a lone nod to Ornette latimes.com/entertainment/…

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Playboy Jazz Festival still an L.A. star after 37 years

courant.com — Even after 37 years, the Playboy Jazz Festival remains the biggest event of its kind for Southern California music fans. Now in its second year as a co-production with the L.A. Philharmonic (and Herb Hancock, its creative chair for jazz), the latest installment of the festival is among its strongest in years, particularly for those who never fully embraced its annual nods toward the crowd-pleasing smooth-jazz genre.

Playboy Jazz Festival still an L.A. star after 37 years

latimes.com — Even after 37 years, the Playboy Jazz Festival remains the biggest event of its kind for Southern California music fans. Now in its second year as a co-production with the L.A. Philharmonic (and Herb Hancock, its creative chair for jazz), the latest installment of the festival is among its strongest in years, particularly for those who never fully embraced its annual nods toward the crowd-pleasing smooth-jazz genre.
Jun 09, 2015

RT @anthony__wilson: Gerald Wilson's orchestra & I will see to it that the Hollywood Bowl is filled with his spirit on Saturday evening. ht…

Stephen Colbert names 'Social Music' artist Jon Batiste bandleader

latimes.com — As the tears dry from David Letterman's recent final episode and its many tributes, anticipation is building for the debut of his "Late Show" replacement, Stephen Colbert. Thursday found the former "Colbert Report" host shaving his mariner-esque beard to commemorate his return to the spotlight, and today he released a short video announcing his bandleader, Jon Batiste, in a brief, beignet-laden video.
Jun 04, 2015

RT @PopHiss: Stephen Colbert names 'Social Music' artist Jon Batiste bandleader, NYC traffic jams up in advance latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jun 04, 2015

.@JonBatiste named Colbert's bandleader on the Late Show. Think he maybe made an impression on his show last year? latimes.com/entertainment/…

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Jul 27, 2015

@patrickkevinday Isn't this the kumquat? Ease up, you don't want to be on the wrong side of Big Kumquat.

Jul 26, 2015

I hope everyone properly honored Bob Dylan's plugging in today. Always felt like neither him or that incident got its due. #fivemoreyears

Jul 23, 2015

Not giving a damn how you dress and dressing like you don't give a damn really are two different things, Los Angeles.

Jul 23, 2015

Are we sure James Franco writing about Lana Del Rey isn't a physics experiment on the void looking into the void?

Jul 22, 2015

RT @amBROSEire: @chrisbarton it may be int be release I haven't seen it. But it's a no go on that for those very reasons you stated

Jul 22, 2015

@amBROSEire Makes sense (seemed surprising, tbh). Should've read more carefully, you were in prev line but not included. Story's fixed now

Jul 22, 2015

@amBROSEire Ah crap. Misread the release, that's embarrassing. Sorry 'bout that. Thanks.

Jul 21, 2015

Nominees are in for the 2015 VMAs, whose winners we're definitely not going to forget right after the show airs latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jul 21, 2015

This week in Overrated/Underrated: My beloved Bloom County, and Lana Del Rey's funhouse mirror of emptiness timelines.latimes.com/overrated-unde…

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