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Bass Meets Tuba - Tubaist Ralph Hepola Records With Legendary Bassist Bob Bowman

Bass Meets Tuba - Tubaist Ralph Hepola Records With Legendary Bassist Bob Bowman

Source: Ralph Hepola

The tuba is one of the most powerful and prominent instruments in the symphony orchestra. Tubaist Ralph Hepola has played on outstanding classical recordings (see selected discography below), but this summer he’s recording with world-class jazz musicians including a giant among bass players: legendary bassist Bob Bowman has toured and recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Carmen McRae, Bud Shank, Karrin Allyson, Bobby Watson, Steve Houghton, John Stowell, Bob Sheppard, Steve Allee, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin ...

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Who Was Joe Kennedy Jr.?

Who Was Joe Kennedy Jr.?

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Yesterday I posted on a new box set from Fresh Sound featuring the complete recordings of Ahmad Jamal's Three Strings between 1951 and 1955. In the post, I wrote that in the late 1940s Ahmad played in a Pittsburgh group called the Four Strings that never recorded. The Four Strings folded after Joe Kennedy Jr., the quartet's violinist, left and Ahmad moved to Chicago. So who was Joe Kennedy Jr.? Bill Kirchner wrote me early this morning. Marc, Joe Kennedy ...

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Ahmad Jamal: Complete Okeh, Parrot & Epic

Ahmad Jamal: Complete Okeh, Parrot & Epic

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

There's always plenty of talk about musicians who had an enormous impact on jazz's direction. From Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young to Charlie Parker, Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Lennie Tristano, Shorty Rogers, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Bill Evans, John Coltrane and beyond. Always skipped over, for some reason, is Ahmad Jamal. Now Fresh Sound has released an extraordinary two-CD box that is sure to get you to reconsider: Ahmad Jamal's Three Strings: The Complete Okeh, Parrot & Epic ...

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'Boom Bu-Cha' Launches The Groovalottos Into The World Of Afrobeats

'Boom Bu-Cha' Launches The Groovalottos Into The World Of Afrobeats

Source: Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor

The GroovaLottos boldly thump into the global, Afrobeats arena with their new single, “Boom Bu-Cha” and forthcoming album (Polyphonic Studios Records). True to Groovalotto form, “Boom Bu-Cha” is a fun and funky adventure in romance, delving beyond the physical into the dreams, plans and goals of a potential lover. Known primarily as a retro soul-funk band, Afrobeats has been a part of The GroovaLottos live set since the beginning, with the influences of Fela Kuti and Hugh Masakala sneaking through. ...

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Deep Dive: Somewhere in the Night

Deep Dive: Somewhere in the Night

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

The theme song most people know best for Naked City, a popular TV police-drama series that aired from 1958 to 1963, was called Somewhere in the Night. But it was referred to most often as the Naked City Theme, largely because there already was an older and completely different pop song called Somewhere in the Night that Frank Sinatra and others had recorded. That wasn't the only bit of confusion. The original song for the series from 1958-'59 was This ...

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Early Salsa: The Story of Ghetto Records

Early Salsa: The Story of Ghetto Records

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

If you plan on discussing the origins of salsa, you'd better make a large pot of Café Rico coffee. You're going to be arguing late into the night. There are multiple definitions of the music as well as a raging debate over its roots, starting point and how it evolved. To me, as a former resident of Washington Heights, the definition is rather simple: salsa began at the dawn of the 1970s and followed the boogaloo as a popular style ...

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The Six: Complete Recordings, 1954-;56

The Six: Complete Recordings, 1954-;56

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Not many jazz fans are familiar with the Six, a progressive jazz sextet in the mid-1950s with roots in Dixieland of the late 1940s. The migration from one style to another was an interesting one, with personnel changes and a shift in feel. What's especially enlightening is the line that runs from Dixieland to bop. Both share frantic, hot instrumentals coming and going as well as a passion for high energy and harmony. Now we can hear all of the ...

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Cult Funk Group Brooklyn Funk Essentials New Single ‘Scream!’ Out Now

Cult Funk Group Brooklyn Funk Essentials New Single ‘Scream!’ Out Now

Source: Press Junkie PR

The cult funk ensemble Brooklyn Funk Essentials have released their exciting new single “Scream!" today (13th July 2022). “Scream!" is taken from the group’s hotly anticipated seventh studio album Intuition, which will come out in November 2022 on Dorado Records, the original label who first signed the band in 1994. “Scream!" is an infectious and uplifting funk and afrobeat jam, a syncopated groove wrapped by powerful Tower Of Power style horns and percussion, with lyrics that make a shout for ...


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