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BOOK REVIEWS

Prince: Let’s Go Crazy (Prince and the Making of Purple Rain)

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Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain Alan Light 304 pages ISBN: 1476776725 Atria Books 2014 Musician Prince is one of the enduring enigmas of today's pop music. Throughout the years this eclectic, mercurial and prolific genius has dazzled, enraged and confused audiences and music critics alike both with his anarchic approach to music making, writing songs that oozed with sexuality, keeping the temperature rising with explicit shows, which ...

INTERVIEW

Kind of Purple: Jazz Musicians On Prince

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"Do you know who Prince kinda reminds me of, particularly as a pianist? Duke! Yeah, he's the Duke Ellington of the eighties to my way of thinking."--Miles Davis The tops of the pop charts isn't where we often expect to find genius. Brilliant performers sometimes, expert attention grabbers maybe more often, but it's not generally where ground is broken. Prince may not have topped the singles charts in some time, but then the charts aren't what ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Prince at Mohegan Sun Arena

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Prince Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT December 29, 2013 I don't know where he finds 'em... but Prince has put together an incredible 20-piece band fronted by the female power trio of 3rd Eye Girl. He tore the roof off of Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena during a 3-night run December 27-29, 2013. At the end of the jam, there were about 12 horn players onstage with a rhythm section, backup singers and ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Prince Bulo

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Meet Prince Bulo: Instrument(s):Bass/composer.Teachers and/or influences?Richard Bona, John Patitucci, Anders Jormin.I knew I wanted to be a musician when...I saw musicians doing their thing in church when I was a kid. I slowly taught my self to play the piano and then switch to bass when I reach university.Your sound and approach to music:My sound and approach to music include the vast ...

PROFILES

Prince Lasha: The Passing of a Sax-Man

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December 12, 2008 saw the unexpected passing of William B. Lashaw better known in jazz circles as Prince Lasha. It sent a shudder of disbelief through the jazz community from the San Francisco Bay Area to New York. His memorial was held in Oakland California at the Mountain View Cemetery, December 20th. The large, flower filled room was packed with standing room only. A beautifully framed photograph of Prince stood before us. His sons John and Anthony spoke to us ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark Prince: Fraction of Infinity

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Since early 1995, Mark Prince has been pounding the drums on scores of tour dates and hundreds of recording sessions as a sideman, honing his skills and widening his musical horizons. Fraction of Infinity is his long awaited debut as a leader, and what a first offering it is. A versatile drummer, adept at playing styles ranging from hip-hop and R&B to contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Prince contributes ten new and creative originals, covering jazz from the straight-ahead to the ...

INTERVIEW

Prince Lasha's Inside-Outside Story

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Alto saxophonist, flutist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Prince Lasha was born in 1929 near Fort Worth, Texas, and came up with Ornette Coleman and Charles Moffett, but his travels have taken him both far away from and nearer to that tree. During the 1960s, after moving to New York from California, Lasha associated regularly with Eric Dolphy and reedman Sonny Simmons, and recorded a slew of sessions throughout the decade with such notable figures as Bobby Hutcherson, Clifford Jordan, Don Cherry, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Prince Lasha & Odean Pope Trio: The Mystery of Prince Lasha

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Shooting for a faux sense of inscrutability, the tongue-in-cheek title of this new CIMP masks what is an unsurprisingly common occurrence in creative improvised music. Like others of his era who have dropped beneath the public radar since their halcyon days, Prince Lasha opted for a more financially remunerative path than the largess of professional musicianship could provide. Or to put it more simply, when the well ran dry, he sought water elsewhere. Now a septuagenarian, the time felt ripe ...

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Prince Lasha

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Born September 10, 1929 in Fort Worth, Tex., flutist, clarinetist and altoist Prince Lasha came from a musical family. His grandfather was a clarinetist and his father Don Jones played tenor with Count Basie's band: “Him and Herschel Evans were good friends, like [Sonny] Simmons and I." Lasha relates his youthful encounter with his future axe: “The first time I saw a saxophone, my mother took me over for a visit with her brother and I saw this thing laying ...


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