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Meade Lux Lewis

The driving left-hand blues style known as boogie-woogie appeared around 1900 It began to surface in saloons, honky-tonks, bawdy houses, and "barrelhouses" in the South and Midwest around 1912. "Barrelhouse" became synonymous with boogie-woogie. Music was generally supplied by a single pianist on an instrument in a questionable state of repair. The strongest possible expression of rhythm was therefore necessary, and the boogie bass supplied it perfectly. Primitive, gutsy, driving, it could be heard above the noise of the crowd and would work, at least in some keys, if the piano was missing a few keys. Boogie-woogie spread more rapidly in the black community in the 1920s, became a national fad from 1938 to about 1945, and then rapidly faded from view

ARTICLE: RADIO

50th Anniversary Blue Notes for December, Including The Rare Jazz Wave on Tour

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes for December, Including The Rare Jazz Wave on Tour" reviewed by Marc Cohn

50th anniversary Blue Notes from December 1969 this week from Jack McDuff (Moon Rappin') and Reuben Wilson (the seriously greasy Blue Mode) and part of a Donald Byrd session (Kofi) only released 25 years after the fact! Then, there's this one: Jazz Wave Ltd. on Tour, Volume 1. It's a double LP (it's in my lap ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note releases from November 1969: Hill, Hutcherson, Cox & Pearson

Read "Blue Note releases from November 1969: Hill, Hutcherson, Cox & Pearson" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Time for Blue Note 50th anniversaries from November 1969, with released by Andrew Hill (Passing Ships), Bobby Hutcherson (Now!), Kenny Cox (Multidirection) and a short Duke Pearson session that ended up on I Don't Care Who Knows It. There's also BN-15, a 78 from Meade Lux Lewis. Along the way: 13-year-old Brandon Goldberg on the 88s ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

50th Anniversary Blue Notes for May & More

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes for May & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

May 1969 saw Blue Note recording some 'Brazilian' jazz, soulful tunes and two 'spiritual' jazz sessions--a very broad palette. Some are fantastic and some mundane. Listen and see what you think. Also a few other 50th anniversary bits, Blue Note #9 and a tad more. Enjoy the show.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: October 1968 & More

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: October 1968 & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

The first show of the month means it's time for a dive into the Blue Note vault for our monthly celebration of Blue Note 50th anniversaries. Before that, the doctor presents a selection of recent music that caught his ear. As a bonus, you will find Albert Ammons, from the second Blue Note release, which was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adam Fairhall: Friendly Ghosts

Read "Friendly Ghosts" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Following undergraduate studies, virtuoso pianist Adam Fairhall took a Master's degree at Leeds College of Music, receiving a MMus in Jazz Studies (Performance) in 2005. Whilst at Leeds he studied with pianist Mark Donlon and took lessons with British jazz composer Matthew Bourne. The title of his album Friendly Ghosts, Fairhall's debut recording as a soloist, ...

ARTICLE: MY FAVOURITE THINGS

Alexander Hawkins

Read "Alexander Hawkins" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica È molto difficile rispondere ma spero che, in qualche modo, il tratto principale della mia musica corrisponda al tratto principale di me stesso. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me Gioia, apertura, generosità, e che non abbiano paure nel fare musica.

The Blues Piano Artistry of Meade Lux Lewis

Label: Riverside
Released: 2014
Track listing: Hammer Chatter; You Were Meant For Me; Celeste Bounce; Bear Trap Stomp; Frompy Stomp; Rough Seas; Madame Vod's Celeste Blues; C-Jam Blues; Fate; Breezing at the Celeste

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Uncompromising Expression: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz

Read "Uncompromising Expression: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Uncompromising Expression:75 Years of the Finest in Jazz Richard Havers 400 pages ISBN: # 978-1-4521-4144-2 Chronicle Books 2014 It's probably still a bit of an understatement to suggest that Blue Note Records has become one of the most iconic labels associated with recorded jazz. Now in its 75th year, ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Something Smoky and Something Blue

Read "Something Smoky and Something Blue" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

With Vincent Herring's alto providing the clarion call that ushers in the troops for a quicksilver performance entitled “Elation," it became clear that the analog warmth of this particular vinyl release possessed a tangible charm that was undeniable. So while this reviewer had previously reviewed Herring's The Uptown Shuffle as heard in the CD format and ...


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