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Radiohead’s Jazz Frequencies


Music fans around the world have tuned into Radiohead, the most daring and successful cutting-edge band in modern rock. But few are aware that this Grammy Award-winning English quintet draws much of its creative inspiration from jazz in general, and the epic music of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and John and Alice Coltrane and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

“That’s very accurate, and it’s something we’ve always done,” says Jonny Greenwood, Radiohead’s lead guitarist and principal arranger and sonic manipulator. Just how much of an impact jazz has had on Radiohead was first demonstrated, albeit somewhat covertly, on the band’s third album, 1997’s landmark OK Computer.

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