Artist: Miles Davis Track: "Water Babies" Album: Water Babies Listen

After interviewing the Outpost Creative Music Collective this week, I've been returning to my jazz records of the late 1960s, the point when even more traiditonal players were experimenting with rock, fusion and world music. This one, a compilation of two Davis sessions, is a fantastic touchstone for anyone who likes bop but resists the funky, difficult cosmic slop of something like Bitches' Brew. For more, click to this great review.

The Outpost collective, a loose affiliation of improvisational musicians, will host a night of free jazz sets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Columbus Dance Theatre.