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Duck, You Plucker!

Read "Duck, You Plucker!" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


It's an episode years in the making when Mike is finally able to track down guitarist, composer, and raconteur Duck Baker. We discovered Duck through his solo recording of Herbie Nichols' tunes, but Mike finds out that Duck has collaborated with such luminaries as John Zorn, Roswell Rudd, and Eugene Chadbourne while keeping up a stream of solo and group releases and composing dozens of tunes. Don't miss this discussion from one of the only finger-style guitarists as comfortable at ...

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Roswell Rudd, Duck Baker: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


La combinazione in duo tra trombone e chitarra (particolarmente se acustica) non è mai stata molto frequente, ma d'altra parte anche Duck Baker non è proprio un chitarrista convenzionale. Partito dal fingerpicking tradizionale nella scuderia di Stefan Grossman, ha ben presto allargato il suo raggio d'azione fino a comprendere tutta la storia del jazz, dal ragtime al free d'avanguardia, soffermandosi in particolare su alcuni nomi (notevoli i suoi omaggi a Herbie Nichols e Thelonious Monk), unendo spesso le forze con ...

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Keep On Pluckin'

Read "Keep On Pluckin'" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Four six-string masters going solo are the focus for this fortnight's podcast, and they cover the gamut from acoustic true-believers to studio mavens ready to mix it up with multi-tracking and effects pedals. What are the benefits—and dangers—of attempting jazz without compadres? Wouldn't you know it, Pat & Mike have opinions on that topic. Pop matters focuses squarely on the King -at least for white people of a certain age -Elvis Presley. Playlist Discussion of Leo Kottke's album ...

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Duck Baker, un chitarrista tra passato e presente

Read "Duck Baker, un chitarrista tra passato e presente" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Duck Baker è un chitarrista abbastanza difficile da inquadrare; mentre la tecnica che usa è rigorosamente fingerstyle, la musica che compone e interpreta spazia lungo tutta la storia del jazz, dai vecchi standard al modale, dal blues al bebop, dallo swing al free. I suoi interessi si estendono inoltre a tutta la American Music, che interpreta e analizza con il rigore di un musicologo. Il tutto utilizzando quasi esclusivamente una chitarra da flamenco, con le corde di nylon anziché di ...

Album Review

Duck Baker Trio: Amnesia in Trastevere

Read "Amnesia in Trastevere" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Il chitarrista Duck Baker ritorna in compagnia del suo trio per dare un seguito al brillante disco d'esordio, The Waltz Lesson. Non cambiano i compagni e la formula, basata su composizioni originali (con l'unica eccezione di un brano di Monk, da sempre tra le maggiori ispirazioni del chitarrista) interpretate con un grande senso dello swing e un fortissimo interplay tra i musicisti. I brani firmati da Duck Baker sono in gran parte rielaborazioni di sue composizioni per chitarra sola, la ...

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Duck Baker: Everything That Rises Must Converge; The Waltz Lesson; The Ducks Palace

Read "Duck Baker: Everything That Rises Must Converge; The Waltz Lesson; The Ducks Palace" reviewed by Clifford Allen


Duck Baker Everything That Rises Must Converge Mighty Quinn 2009 Duck Baker The Waltz Lesson Les Cousins 2009 Duck Baker The Ducks Palace Incus Records 2009 Though acoustic guitarist, composer and musicologist Duck Baker has long been on the periphery of jazz and improvised music--playing in ...

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Duck Baker: Everything That Rises Must Converge

Read "Everything That Rises Must Converge" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Richard “Duck" Baker's four decade career as a guitarist has encompassed folk, ragtime, blues, jazz, and avant-garde improvisation. Everything That Rises Must Converge is firmly located within the latter genre--indeed, it's sub-titled “Free Jazz Guitar Solos"--but much of the music on this enjoyable record could only have been made by an artist with a firm grasp of the more “traditional" approaches to playing the guitar. The album is the result of two recording sessions--eight pieces from a ...


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