One of my favorite things about music is when two pieces – songs, artists, whatever – snap together and I can see how one influenced the other. I read on Wikipedia recently that the instrumental jams on “Ill Communication,” my favorite Beastie Boys album, were influenced by Miles Davis’ live album “Agharta.” I’d only heard “Agharta” a couple of times, so I didn’t see the connection. But “Prelude Pt. 1” just popped up on my iPod and I think it’s clear as day. Listen to this:

And then listen to the first few minutes (at least) of this:

It all comes together.

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