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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Glen Campbell: 1936-2017

Read "Glen Campbell: 1936-2017" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

“Well, that moment has come that we have known was an inevitable certainty and yet stings like a sudden catastrophe. Let the world note that a great American influence on pop music, the American Beatle, the secret link between so many artists and records that we can only marvel, has passed and cannot be replaced -my ...

ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

Denny Tedesco's Top Ten Wrecking Crew Songs

Read "Denny Tedesco's Top Ten Wrecking Crew Songs" reviewed by Alan Bryson

In his All About Jazz interview, documentary filmmaker Denny Tedesco mentioned he had acquired the rights to over one hundred songs to use in his documentary film The Wrecking Crew. The film deals with the history of the studio and session musicians in '60s Los Angeles. After the interview we asked him to do the near ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection

Read "Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

If the history books were to be closed on singer/songwriter Paul Simon's career today, he'd have already left a legacy more than sufficient to ensure a substantial chapter. While other emergent songwriters of his day--Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman amongst them--have clearly evolved over the years, there's been an underlying approach that's remained consistent ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Hal Blaine on 'Good Vibrations'

Hal Blaine on 'Good Vibrations'

In February 1966, the Beach Boys began to record their most ambitious album to date—a project called Smile. Following in the wake of the Beatles' Rubber Soul (released in December 1965), Smile was to be the Beach Boys' game-changer, an ante-raiser that would be a sequel to their Pet Sounds album released in May 1966. [Pictured: ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Charlie Harrington Signs With Tempus Drums

Charlie Harrington Signs With Tempus Drums

Award-Winning Acclaimed Artist, Charlie Harrington, has signed with Tempus Drums. Charlie, an in demand session player with a well-established reputation as a first call drummer, is proud to endorse the fine quality products offered by Tempus Drums. Tempus Drums started out in 1973 as Milestone Drums in Vancouver, Canada, at the height of the synthetic shell craze ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Herb Alpert: On The Record

Read "Herb Alpert:  On The Record" reviewed by Telly Davidson

It was no less than Miles Davis who once opined, “You don't have to hear but three notes before you know it's Herb Alpert." True enough, while Alpert's name isn't often mentioned in the same sentence as the other icons of West Coast jazz (many of whom appeared on records produced by his and Jerry Moss' ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Hal Blaine

Interview: Hal Blaine

Last week I was on assignment for the Wall Street Journal in Palm Desert, Calif. I was there to interview drummer Hal Blaine, who is probably America's greatest living rock and pop musician (you can read my article in today's edition here). If you're like me and grew up in the '60s listening to the radio, then you know ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Louie Shelton: In Session

Read "Louie Shelton: In Session" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Hundreds of millions of people have heard him play without having heard of him. A veteran session guitarist, Louie Shelton played on a slew of million-selling records during his three decades in Los Angeles. His credits include female vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, and Whitney Houston; ...