Charlie Parker – Relaxin’ at Camarillo (1947)

In December 1945, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker made history by bringing the frenetic sounds of bebop—then primarily an underground scene for in-the-know musicians—from the East to the West Coast for a two-month residency at Billy Berg’s Hollywood jazz club. It was the beginning of a harrowing and occasionally productive two year-stint for Parker bumming around L.A., showing up at jam sessions, crashing on people’s … Continue reading Charlie Parker – Relaxin’ at Camarillo (1947)

Miles Davis, Robert Glasper ft. Erykah Badu – Maiysha (So Long) (2016)

“I think Miles would’ve loved Erykah,” pianist and producer Robert Glasper told Rolling Stone recently, during a conversation about Everything’s Beautiful, an upcoming album on which he reworked snippets of Miles Davis’ studio recordings to create entirely new tracks. One of the highlights of the release, which stemmed from Glasper’s soundtrack work for Don Cheadle’s audacious Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, is a simmering bossa nova … Continue reading Miles Davis, Robert Glasper ft. Erykah Badu – Maiysha (So Long) (2016)