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Miles Davis' acclaimed 1970 double album "Bitches Brew" is the selection for Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Please note the change in pricing for Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour events. Buffalo News subscribers can now purchase a discounted $5 ticket in advance here. Non-subscribers can purchase a $10 ticket in advance here, or su…

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When the biopic “Miles Ahead,” which stars Don Cheadle and seeks to capture a moment in time from the life of jazz legend Miles Davis came out, News Arts Editor Jeff Simon and Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers had plenty to say about it. So they said it … to each other in a Facebook chat. An edited version of their conversation follows. Jeff Miers: You had much more trepidati…

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1) "In A Silent Way" (1969): Marrying jazz to large ensemble ambient music, and creating so much space in the music that Tony Williams’ cymbal playing emerges as one of the musical highlights – this was masterful stuff. I still listen to it at least once a week. 2) "Bitches Brew" (1970): “Directions in Music,” he called it, and the direction here was forward. This album t…

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My 10 favorite Miles Davis albums, in random order. 1) “Jazz Track”: For the longest time, it was unavailable on CD. On one side is one of the greatest film scores ever created, on the other some of the greatest music of Miles Davis’ sextet, arguably the greatest all-star group in modern jazz. 2) “Kind of Blue”: The universal jazz album. 3) “Porgy and Bess”: Everything …

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Critical Mass8 p.m. Jan. 21; $5Pausa is known for offering young talent a chance to shine, and Critical Mass is packed with regional “young lions” of jazz, among them saxophonist Kenny Kuriscak, guitarist Jared Tinkham, keyboardist Harry Graser, bassist Anthony Henry and drummer and Alec Dube.An Evening of Afro-Cuban Music7 and 9 p.m. Jan. 22; $15 reserved seating for 7 p.…

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Going out or staying in? Doesn't matter. News Arts Editor Jeff Simon has tips for how to enjoy the weekend. 1. Live Jazz. The Masten Jazz Festival – Free music from 3 to 8 pm. Saturday featuring the group of Bobby Watson and Curtis Lundy as well as local jazz groups on the South Side Lawn of the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. 2. Movie. “Southpaw.” Well…

Columns

Rock ’n’ roll and the movies have had a tempestuous relationship. Things got off to a good start, with early movie-music marriages such as “Blackboard Jungle” and “Jailhouse Rock” helping to stoke the nascent fires of primal rock ’n’ roll, and ’60s fare such as “Blow-Up” displaying the simultaneous rise of vibrant virtuoso rock (in this case, provided by the Yardbirds in …

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It’s easy and not entirely incorrect to blame the collapse of the music industry on consumers. It didn’t take the general public too long after the advent of Napster to get used to paying nothing (or something directly adjacent to nothing) for music. Artists aren’t making money from selling their recorded works any longer, because very few people are p…