PRINT December 2010

Music: Best of 2010

Femi Kuti

Cover of Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew (40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) (Sony Legacy, 2010).

1 John Coltrane Quartet, The Complete 1962 Copenhagen Concert (Domino Jazz) Coltrane is my inspiration. He just got better and better in the 1960s the more he played, maybe because he kicked heroin in the late ’50s. To me he remains a total genius.

2 Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (Sony Legacy) My father had a copy of Bitches Brew but it went missing, so what a joy to find it remastered (the new Legacy edition also includes a DVD of a previously unreleased 1969 concert in Copenhagen). Miles was so cool—not only his music but his fashion, his attitude, everything, even four decades later.

3 Tiken Jah Fakoly, African Revolution (Barclay/Universal) He carries a political message and speaks out against the injustices committed against his people (of Côte d’Ivoire) and those of other countries, just like I do and my father did.

4 FIFA World Cup South Africa What a crowd, what a

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