Daily Download: "The Bhramsian," Burnt Sugar

A Village Voice writer's band takes its cues from Miles Davis.

Published August 8, 2006 7:01AM (EDT)

Village Voice writer Greg Tate's Burnt Sugar is a mighty force indeed, an ensemble of top-tier improvisers playing a chaotic form of free jazz that reflects the downtown New York free improv scene but draws most heavily on Miles Davis' early '70s bands. Usually, Tate directs traffic using a technique inspired by the great Butch Morris' "conduction" method of orchestrating improvisers, but for their album "The Rites," a series of improvisations based on Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," they teamed with Morris himself, who conducted this track.

-- T.B.

By Salon Staff

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