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Ben Sidran: The First Existential Jazz Rapper

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Ben Sidran is an old school hipster in the authentic sense of the word. He's a no frills, musician's musician who's got the heart, got the chops. He's been there, done that, and ready to do more. Sidran has never been interested in following trends or squeezing into categories and is not about to start now. “In jazz, they want you to be yourself, but they only want you to be yourself in their category, and if you're not, it ...

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Ben Sidran: Talking Jazz - An Oral History

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Ben Sidran Talking Jazz - An Oral History Self Published 2006

In jazz, there are only six degrees of separation between Louis Armstrong and Ornette Coleman, or beween any other pair of musicians you care to name. Perhaps a six-degrees/small-world theory which suggests a jazz critic from Ohio can find a connection with a fisherman from Fiji by way of just six steps is little far fetched, but six step connections between jazz players ...

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Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Mose Allison, Ben Sidran: Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison

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Mose Allsion has long been the unsung master of jazz, swing, and blues, in song. His tongue in cheek, cut to the chase lyrics, and haunting melodies have been the inspiration for many artsts including those showcased here. There is a raw honesty to these recordings not found on many current albums...no over processing or punching for to obtain that technically perfect track. But indeed there is perfection here...the base of it being Allison's songs. There are real dreams being ...



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