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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John McLaughlin on the Mystery of Creativity, Inspiration, & Music

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Improvised music within a sophisticated framework is one if the primary hallmarks of jazz. World class improvisation requires split second reactions, mental agility, dexterity, and the emotive soul of an artist. As a testament to his age defying vitality, on January 29, 2018 at the age of 76, John McLaughlin won a Grammy® Award for the ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

10 Most Read Articles: 2017

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All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our top ten published in 2017.

Interview
John McLaughlin's American Farewell Tour with Jimmy Herring
by Alan Bryson
Published: September 5, 2017

Building a Jazz Library
Forget Old Europe: 15 ...

ARTICLE: TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Ronny Jordan: A pioneer of Acid Jazz, a Staple of Smooth Jazz

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This month marks guitarist Ronny Jordan's 55th birthday. A trailblazer in acid jazz, his debut album The Antidote foreshadowed Miles Davis' embrace of hip hop with the album Doo-Bop by six months. Moreover, Jordan's track “After Hours" also had a profound impact on smooth jazz as you will read in the following interview. This interview was ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John McLaughlin's American Farewell Tour with Jimmy Herring

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Nearly five decades have passed since John McLaughlin set foot in America as a relatively unknown musician to join the fusion band Lifetime, with the great drummer Tony Williams and equally great organist Larry Young. Two days later he was in the studio with Miles Davis recording In a Silent Way. The breadth and scope of ...

ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music

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The notion of jazz as surf music seems absurd at first blush, but it can work surprisingly well. Some time ago I learned this by happenstance while listening to an album by fusion guitarist Alex Machacek as I watched surf videos on YouTube. It was a true “ah ha" moment. Compared to the original soundtrack, Alex's ...

ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

Top Ten Musicians Who Embody Cool

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America has produced some very cool things: jazz, rock, blues, country, hot rods, Hammond organs, and electric guitars. Another one of the coolest things is the language itself, brewed in the melting pot that is America. Like jazz, blues, and rock, American English itself can't be imagined without the influence of African Americans. “Hep," “hip," “funky," ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Duane Allman at 70: A Reflection

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The actor James Dean once said, “If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live after he's died, then maybe he was a great man." James Dean is perhaps the charter member of a modern subset of such individuals who, due to modern technology, live on in the consciousness of ...

ARTICLE: TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Guitarist Mike Seal

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Guitarist Mike Seal first caught my attention at the end of 2014 as part of the Jeff Sipe Trio. At that time I described him as an extraordinarily talented young musician, an assessment shared by many, including the legendary dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas. This summer the three time winner of the Country Music Association's Musician of ...

ARTICLE: TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

2016 Guitar Star series winner Zayn Mohammed

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Appearing on the main stage at the Latitude Music Festival was Zayn Mohammed's prize for winning the 2016 season of the UK SkyArts TV series Guitar Star. He was welcomed to the stage by legendary rock producer Tony Visconti, of David Bowie fame, as, “an incredible performer, a consummate artist, great guitarist, great musician and a ...

Barbara Dennerlein

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Music is wondrously implausible, an invisible art form that is arguably best appreciated with your eyes shut. Yet it is equally true that live music, like great sporting events, has the capacity to trigger powerful emotional responses, focus people on the present, and unite a disparate crowd around a shared experience happening on stage. Each approach ...