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Shining On: Guy Chadwick's Favourite Albums
Joe Clay , December 10th, 2012 09:23

The House Of Love man picks out the albums that mean the most


Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l'échafaud/Lift To The Scaffold
I love the story of the album, how it was recorded in Paris in just a few days while they watched the film. They improvised it, but Miles had a few motifs and some absolutely brilliant lines that he brought to the sessions. It’s a great example of a genius at work in a very spontaneous way. I got into jazz about 25 years ago. Miles Davis is the obvious, accessible side of jazz. I did get into be-bop and Charlie Parker for a while, but I find Miles’s playing absolutely beautiful.