New Directions in Music takes its name from the phrase that began to appear on Miles Davis albums with the release of Filles de Kilimanjaro and running through In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. That phrase was simply “Directions In Music”. It was a clarion call and a challenge to Miles’ audience, a clear demarcation of the point from which things would not be the same as before. New Directions in Music honors that challenge with a look at music that has pushed the envelope or somehow challenged the status quo.

This blog will look at genres of music that include (but are not necessarily confined to) Jazz/rock fusion, free jazz, improvisational – based music, experimental, avant-garde, electronic, prog rock, kraut rock, minimalist, ambient, art rock, space age bachelor pad music, exotica, funk, r&b, country, bluegrass, and…well, you get the idea.

I will also try to look at music in different ways and from a variety of perspectives, always trying to tell the stories that are both on the record and off. How the music was arrived at, how it was recorded, the musicians, the producer, the studio, the time and place that the music was created in. All of this is the subject matter of New Directions In Music.

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