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Practice, Do You? - Part 1-3

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I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I first saw Roy Rogers sing and play. It was with Joe that I began to practice. I found an hour a day was sufficient, but as I got older and the music he gave became harder, I practiced longer. When I was fourteen I switched to Sal Salvador. ...

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Practice, Do You? - Part 2-3

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Continued from Part 1 I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I first saw Roy Rogers sing and play. It was with Joe that I began to practice. I found an hour a day was sufficient, but as I got older and the music he gave became harder, I practiced longer. When I was ...

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Practice, Do You? - Part 3-3

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Continued from Part 2 I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I first saw Roy Rogers sing and play. It was with Joe that I began to practice. I found an hour a day was sufficient, but as I got older and the music he gave became harder, I practiced longer. When I was ...

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The Musical Meetings of Dom Minasi with Michael Jefry Stevens and Hans Tammen

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Guitarist Dom Minasi is an innovative, searching musician that needs no introduction. His two new intimate duo albums feature him in two completely different situations: one playful and emphatic,one experimental and challenging. He excels on both, demonstrating again and again his consummate command of his instrument and the improvised form of his art. Dom Minasi & Michael Jefry Stevens Angel Dance--Improvisations for Guitar and Piano Nachti Records 2013 Minasi and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens met for the first time in 1995 while recording the Stevens-Dominic Duval quintet Elements (Leo, 1996). These ...

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A Jazz Musicians' Guide to Living In The Universe

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I've been on Facebook for three years and many of my friends and colleagues have posted quotes from musicians and philosophers. I've decided to start writing my own quotes about what I have learned and experienced through the years. Since I've been a professional musician since 1957 and playing the guitar over 63 years, I have learned a few things. Some the hard way and some just through living. The years have given me some insights, which I would like to share with you, my All About Jazz readers. You don't become a great player by practicing scales ...

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Meet Dom Minasi

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I currently live in: New York, NYI joined All About Jazz in: 2012What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? All About Jazz is the first thing I read in the morning, there is a wealth of information and I thought as a working musician I could offer a particular point of view on topics where I have experience.How do you contribute to All About Jazz? I have a column called On and Off the Grid.What is your musical background? I began studying guitar when I was seven years old. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dom Minasi Septet: The Bird, the Girl and the Donkey II

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Following the successful realization of the powerful, free jazz collective headed by Dom Minasi on The Bird, The Girl And The Donkey (Re:konstruKt, 2010), the guitarist decided to expand his collective from a quintet to a septet. He kept the same attitude: intense, muscular and fiery playing from the first second till the last, but with varied dynamics and more power. The title of the second volume, The Bird, the Girl and the Donkey II--a live recording of one 55-minutes piece--still relates to a tale about a girl who is carrying a heavy load of notes and ...

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What Is Jazz Now?

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Back in February, All About Jazz Managing Editor John Kelman asked me to develop a column based on points I made in the comment section of the article BAM or JAZZ: Why It Matters. I still feel the same way, but trumpeter Nicholas Payton's statement that jazz died in 1959 made me think, and I've been thinking about it for seven months. Why 1959? I was 15 years old and going to Birdland on a regular basis. I saw everyone that was anyone play there and in other clubs, except for Charlie Parker, who had died in 1955.In ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest (or What It Takes To Be A Good Teacher)

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Question: Why write an article about being good music teacher?Answer: Because there are too many bad teachers out there!For some unknown reason people who have been playing their instruments for a few years think they can teach, especially when they don't know some of the basics themselves.Through the years, I have had to teach the basics to guitar players who were playing sometimes up to six years. I have had students tell me that their former teachers would show them how to play and practice riffs by showing them the fingerings without telling them ...

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The Grammy Awards: To Be or Not To Be?

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I very rarely watch award shows. I feel like the entertainment industry is constantly patting one another on the back. I don't understand the need to have so many of the same types of award shows. Artisans seem to have an irresistible need to be consistently told how wonderful they are and so very often. Why do I care so much? I care, because as a professional jazz musician, I feel the Grammys don't present or reflect jazz, as it should. After all jazz is “America's Classical Music."I tuned in a few times over the years to watch ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Karl Berger / Dom Minasi: Synchronicity

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The two men responsible for Synchronicity are known as bold risk-takers, well-informed free spirits and beyond-the-norm sculptors of sound, and these potential epithets are rightly reflected in the music they make together. Vibraphonist/pianist/wearer-of-many-hats Karl Berger and guitarist Dom Minasi met approximately a decade before this project came to pass and, while they periodically discussed the idea of recording together and even had the chance to lay down a short, 37-minute program at one point, this is the first proper, full-length album of music they've recorded as a duo. While some may be tempted to simply call this ...

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Karl Berger and Dom Minasi: Synchronicity

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Pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger and guitarist Dom Minasi are both forward-thinking and experienced composers, improvisers and educators, with discographies that goes back to the 1960s--including, in the case of Berger, collaborations with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry and Carla Bley; and, with Minasi, 1970s work with Joe McPhee and Matthew Shipp. Synchronicity's twelve freely improvised duets were recorded in 2010 at Berger's Woodstock studio. All rely on an emphatic and patient interplay that stresses the melodic and harmonic avenues of such a coupling, as well as the breadth of the pair's musical vocabularies. Their improvising styles ...

ON AND OFF THE GRID

What's The Point, Part 2

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This is the second entry for my new column at All About Jazz. I actually published What's The Point? in my own blog in January 2012. All About Jazz asked if I would be interested in writing for them; I was surprised and honored. I decided to update and rewrite the original article; because of the response and all the emails I received, I wanted to expand and make some of my points longer and clearer. I have increased the piece by two thousand words and broken it into two parts. Chapter IndexThe Late Eighties ...

ON AND OFF THE GRID

What's The Point, Part 1

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This is the first entry for my new column at All About Jazz. I actually published What's The Point? in my own blog in January 2012. All About Jazz asked if I would be interested in writing for them; I was surprised and honored. I decided to update and rewrite the original article; because of the response and all the emails I received, I wanted to expand and make some of my points longer and clearer. I have increased the piece by two thousand words and broken it into two parts. Chapter Index In The Beginning ...



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