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Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?

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Normally lumped into the 'miscellaneous instruments' category of jazz awards, the cello has been something of a bit player in the colorful history of jazz. That said, today there are arguably more cellists in jazz and contemporary improvised music--and some extraordinary ones at that--than ever before. One of the best known cellists is undoubtedly Erik Friedlander, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chaise Lounge: Gin Fizz Fandango

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Washington DC's Chaise Lounge know how to show the listener a good time. On their seventh album they take the “cocktail jazz" description literally, offering a recipe for the title cocktail in the CD liner notes, compliments of the band's resident mixologist, bassist Pete Ostle. Not only that: there's even a “Play along with Chaise Lounge" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chaise Lounge: A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas

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Sparkling holiday music from the Washington, DC area group Chaise Lounge. Calling what they do “martini-jazz" gives them license to toss just about anything into the stylistic mix, and they have an eclectic good time with it. The use of “Christmas" in the album title is a bit of a misnomer, since only about half of ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton Dead At 92

NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton Dead At 92

Jazz Legend Chico Hamilton Dead at 92 “I'm happy to say that I'm able to find people wherever I go that are not black, not white- they're just human beings. I don't dig staying in one groove. At this stage of my life, I've dedicated myself to playing what I want to play, how I want to play it, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Gunther Schuller Turns 75!

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All About Jazz: I was curious about what kind of influence your father being a professional musician had on your choice to follow a musical path.

Gunther Schuller: Enormous, except not formal. I heard great music in my mother's womb and my father was in the New York Philharmonic so I was taken to concerts ...