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Ben Sidran at 78: This is the other side


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For the third year in a row, I talked to musician/producer/journalist/philosopher Ben Sidran (my father) in honor of his birthday. This time he's turning 78, and we consider the "buddhist roots of jazz," joy and pain, Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, the wisdom of Phil Woods, the final recordings of Lester Young, saxophonist Willis "Gator" Jackson's 1978 album Bar Wars, drummer Nate Smith's latest record, how you know when you're old, and the Baal Shem Tov.

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