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Oscar Klein and Katie Kern: Pick-A-Blues

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When the Krauts get the blues...

 

Ah vin te Saynts go machin' in, ah vin te Saynts go machin' in.... I qued up Jimmy Reed's “Going to New York and was treated to some tasty rural harmonica and guitar blues. Everything was going okay. The female singer was suitably soulful until she hit the dudyas..."...I'm going to New York, even if I hafta vaulk ..." I was ready to dismiss is disc as a poor attempt for the Germans ...

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Oscar Klein & Lino Patruno: European Jazz Stars Live at the San Marino Jazz Festival

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In jazz, it happens all the time. When Oscar Klein took the stage in this 1995 concert, he did not know who would be joining him. Guitarist Patruno was there; he organized the festival. Klein had been in a group with Jan Jankeje and Gregor Beck; Jankeje knew the trombonist Alexander Katz. They had never played as a group before, and there was no time to rehearse. They started to play, and – everything worked, from sparkling solos to tight ...

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Oscar Klein: Oscar Klein's Jazz Show, Volume Two

Read "Oscar Klein's Jazz Show, Volume Two" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Oscar Klein is a major figure in Europe’s traditional jazz scene. In 1997 he toured with a quartet, including Romano Mussolini and Jazzpoint Records’ Jan Jankeje. When the tour ended, they entered a studio; eight hours later they had this album. Ignored the speed: this sounds carefully planned, and Oscar is up to the challenge. With four instruments, classic tunes, and ever-changing moods, he lets you know he’s the star of the show.

Klein starts with “Oscar’s Theme”, on trumpet ...


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