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Andrew J. Sammut

More Hep Than Hip

About Me

I am proud to regularly contribute to All About Jazz, Boston Classical Review, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, Early Music America‘s print and online editions, and my blog yestercenturypop.com, as well as writing and copy-editing liner notes for independently produced historical reissues. I have also written for the IAJRC Journal and Boston Musical Intelligencer.

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Jazz combines creativity from the mind, heart, and the gut. It flourishes through structure and uses melody and rhythm to bridge the musician's creativity and the listener's imagination. I try to appreciate all forms of music and styles of jazz but find myself drawn to the "hot music" of the twenties through the early thirties, including its many contemporary incarnations. Obscure and forgotten musicians of that period also interest me. I also enjoy Baroque and Classical music; much of that repertoire actually shares jazz's emphasis on improvisation, creating tension over an underlying ground rhythm, and exciting formal variation.

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