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Cecil McAwesome

Read "Cecil McAwesome" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Inspired by bassist Cecil McBee's star-turn on Lloyd McNeill's Elegia, the boys devote a whole episode to examining works led by Cecil or just plain enhanced by his presence. He's had a wide-ranging career as a side-man so they cherry-pick what highlights they can while wondering if the next setting on the engineering knob after “10" and “11" is really “sexual." A rapper, a classic by Beck, and some brand new dream pop get look ins during pop matters.

INTERVIEW

Cecil McBee: Masterful, And Always Equipped

Read "Cecil McBee: Masterful, And Always Equipped" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Cecil McBee is one of the finest bass players on the scene, a status he's held among musicians for many years, even if the public is slower to pick up on the achievements of this 79-year-old musician extraordinaire. A natural, he was quick to connect with musicians in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. But helping him along the road to becoming a top-flight musician was a series of encounters where people would come asking for him. They were ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Cecil McBee: Unspoken

Read "Unspoken" reviewed by Rick Bruner

Master bassist Cecil McBee has had a long career of supporting some of the greats of jazz from earlier work on Blue Note to more recent sessions with Joanne Brackeen and Chico Freeman. He has also produced a handful of fine dates as a leader over the years, as well as occasional tours and recordings with The Leaders, an all-star band comprised of Lester Bowie, Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Kirk Lightsey and Don Moye. Unspoken showcases McBee’s current working band performing ...


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