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Kenny G: Playin' It Straight

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Kenny G has been categorized as a jazz musician by record companies simply because he plays saxophone. The reality is that his style is actually banal pop consisting of repetitious melodies with short passages of bland improvisation and, occasionally, long-held notes to show off his grasp of circular breathing—a technique Clark Terry and Rahsaan Roland Kirk ...

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Ted Rosenthal: Dear Erich, A Jazz Opera

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Ted Rosenthal is one of the most renowned pianists of his generation. He won first prize at the second Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has been awarded several NEA grants as a composer. Well known as the pianist in Gerry Mulligan's final quartet, Rosenthal has recorded or performed with many other artists, including Bob ...

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Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under

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IntroductionPhillip Johnston is best known to many jazz fans as co-founder of The Microscopic Septet, though the saxophonist and composer has led many groups of his own and co-led others, including Big Trouble, The Transparent Quartet, Fast 'N' Bulbous and The Spokes. In addition, Johnston has composed and performed numerous soundtracks for both silent and modern ...

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Larry Fine: Larry Fine Meets Stuff Smith: Fine Stuff

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Larry Fine was often shown playing the violin in various The Three Stooges shorts, but what many fans don't realize is that he really played the instrument. Fortunately, he was also interested in jazz and an admirer of Stuff Smith. This long forgotten radio broadcast likely originated from a Hollywood club during one of the recording ...

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Elton John & Lady Gaga: New Horizons

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With over 40 albums to his credit, numerous hit songs, and having co-written a successful Broadway musical, Elton John continues to sell out arenas in his fifth decade as a performer. Lady Gaga doesn't have his extensive résumé, but she has attracted a lot of attention with outrageous stunts and costumes as wild as some of ...

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Masters of American Music: The Story of Jazz

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Masters of American Music: The Story of Jazz
Naxos Jazz
2009

Various documentaries have been made about jazz over the years with mixed results. While the 1993 DVD Masters of American Music: The Story of Jazz is only 98 minutes long, it ends up being far more wide-ranging, ...

Keith Jarrett: Trio, Solo & Duo

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Keith Jarrett

Standards in Sweden I & II

Blue Music Group

2010

Keith Jarrett

Paris/London: Testament

ECM

2009

Keith Jarrett

Jasmine

ECM

2010



Though one of the most lyrically gifted pianists of his generation, ...

Duo Piano: Two For the Ages

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Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes

Double Portrait

Blue Note

2010

Eric Reed & Cyrus Chestnut

Plenty Swing, Plenty Soul

Savant

2010

The debate continues as to whether having two pianos is merely a novelty or something that ...

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Jon Mayer: Nightscape

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Jon Mayer was working professionally as a jazz pianist as a teen back in the '50s, while attending the Manhattan School of Music. As well as working as a sideman with Tony Scott, Kenny Dorham, Chet Baker, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan and others, along with taking part in record dates with John Coltrane ...

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Lew Tabackin: Jazz na Hrade

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Lew Tabackin began to make his mark in the '60s, touring or recording with Maynard Ferguson, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Duke Pearson, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones, Donald Byrd and The Tonight Show Band. From 1968-69, he was a main soloist with the Danish Radio Orchestra. He helped his wife, Toshiko Akiyoshi, to form her long-running ...