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Book Review

Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience

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Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter 384 Pages ISBN: #978-1-60461-089-5 Bella Musica Publishing 2015 In this meticulously researched and anecdote-included work, authors Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter present a truly fascinating perspective on both the history and influence of jazz musicians who were Italian immigrants or who were or are of Italian descent. Certainly, there are references ...


Album Review

Buddy DeFranco with the John Pizzarelli Trio and Butch Miles: Cookin' The Books

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How about that? Cookin' The Books provides a positive spin on the current description of corporate greed and deception. For the purposes of this album, it has been corrupted to refer to the Great American Songbook and, indeed, Buddy DeFranco and company are certainly doing a fine job of cookin' these tunes. DeFranco, in his 60th year of recording, is the clarinetist who bridged the gap between Benny Goodman (who was a great influence) and the bebop music of the ...


Album Review

Buddy DeFranco: Blues Bag

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Blues Bag was originally released as Veejay 2506 (thank you, Koch, for providing this data plus the players on the outside of the package). The excellent mainstream clarinetist DeFranco plays only bass clarinet here. The sidemen include a collection of masters: Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Victor Feldman, Freddie Hill, and Victor Sproles.

This disc sounds like a fun night at a jazz club, although it was recorded at United Studios, Hollywood, in 1964. It features one tune each ...


Album Review

Buddy DeFranco and Oscar Peterson: Buddy DrFranco and Oscar Peterson Play George Gershwin

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And Strings Redux. A number of jazz reissues using strings have been finding their way beneath my laser. I reviewed Chet Baker and Strings last month in these virtual pages ( AJJ, September, 1998, Issue #11). Cleverly disguised as a standard jazz date, Buddy DeFranco and Oscar Peterson Play George Gershwin is a with strings recording and turns out to be a surprise on several other levels. First, I bought the disc because of Buddy DeFranco and thought how I ...


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