In the late '70s, much to the dismay of her legions of hippie folk fans who had stuck by her for a decade, Joni Mitchell opened her musical heart and let us in on a little secret: she dug jazz. Like the time at the Newport Folk Festival when Bob Dylan unleashed his electric guitar on an unsuspecting audience, Mitchell released non-folk rock albums like Don Juan's Reckless Daughter and Mingus, featuring names like Metheny, Pastorius, Shorter, and Hancock, giving the former folk icon a reputation as an artistic adventurer and an industry risk.
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