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Listen To This!

October 25, 2005

Gary Steele Blindfolded

By RYAN BURNS

Listen To This! is relative to the popular “Blindfold Test of Down Beat Magazine, with the added element of a musician-to-musician interview, as inspired by Drummer Art Taylor's book Notes and Tones (Da Capo 0526). The “blindfolded featured artist is asked to identify the players and tunes they are listening to, as well as rate each performance on a scale of 1-5 stars. Gary Steele was born November 7, 1931 and has been playing music professionally since he was 14 years of age. Steele got his start playing saxophone in after hours clubs and bottle joints, then touring ...

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July 15, 2005

Gurn Blanston Blindfolded

By RYAN BURNS

Listen To This! is relative to the popular “Blindfold Test of Down Beat magazine, with the added element of a musician-to-musician interview, as inspired by Drummer Art Taylor's book Notes and Tones (Da Capo, 1982). The “blindfolded featured artist is asked to identify the players and tunes they are listening to, as well as rate each performance on a scale of 1-5 stars.

Drummer Gurn Blanston is a highly regarded underground jazz icon/teacher from the Boston area. One of the most under-rated drummers in history of jazz, partially due to the fact he likes to maintain a low ...

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September 9, 2004

Tom Marriott Blindfolded

By RYAN BURNS

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott has established himself as one of the most exciting, sought after instrumentalists coast-to-coast over the past decade. His musicianship and creativity have gained him numerous awards and recognition throughout the music world. A Seattle native, Thomas first broke out onto the scene with The Marriott Brothers Quintet's 1997 CD release Open Season, co-lead by brother/trombonist Dave Marriott. The album won Seattle jazz radio KPLU's top pick for that year. Earshot Jazz Magazine readers voted the quintet the Best Emerging Group of 1997, an award Thomas won individually the following year. Having emerged rather rapidly, in 1999 The ...

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May 15, 2004

Brad Shepik Blindfolded

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By RYAN BURNS

NYC-based, Seattle-raised guitarist rates tracks by Metheny/Coleman, Chris Potter, Wes Montgomery, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Miles Davis.

“Listen To This!" is relative to the popular “Blindfold Test" of Down Beat Magazine, with the added element of a musician-to-musician interview, as inspired by Drummer Art Taylor's book Notes and Tones (Da Capo 0526). The “blindfolded" featured artist is asked to identify the players and tunes they are listening to, as well as rate each performance on a scale of 1-5 stars.

Guitarist/Composer Brad Shepik was born in Walla Walla, Washington in 1966 and raised in Seattle. His first clear experience of ...

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