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Columbia Years 1968-1969

Read "Columbia Years 1968-1969" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

La piccola ma intraprendente casa discografica statunitense, Light in the Attic, in collaborazione con la major Sony/Columbia, piazza un uppercut formidabile che toglie il velo ad uno dei misteri meglio preservati della discografia del secolo scorso. Vengono infatti pubblicati per la prima volta i cinque brani che Betty Davis, nata Betty Mabry e sposata con Miles ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Chuck Anderson: My Life in Music

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My Life in Music
Chuck Anderson
180 Pages
ISBN: #9781483440804
Lulu
2015

Chuck Anderson is not your ordinary jazz musician, and this book is not a typical biography of an entertainer or jazz artist. Anderson is a consummate master of the guitar in jazz, classical, and world music idioms, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language

Read "Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On the surface it's not so easy to spot the common thread unifying the greater fabric of Joe Locke's work. Since arriving in New York City in 1981, and emerging as a notable leader on record in the early '90s, this much-vaunted vibraphonist has developed into a protean performer and composer. Duo sessions with pianists Frank ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2014

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How does an album end up on this list? It really comes down to two things: strength on impact and staying power. Some records hit hard from the start, ultimately losing power with play after play. Other records come on gently, growing on the ear and the mind over time. But it's the truly rare one ...

Joe Beck Trio: Get Me Joe Beck

Read "Get Me Joe Beck" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The jazz world, it seems, has always been awash in talented guitarists, from Reinhardt and Christian through Montgomery, Pass, Farlow, Hall and their like to the present day. This is both a blessing and a curse, as only a handful of such splendid musicians are able to rise above the throng and become household names or ...

Joe Beck: Get Me Joe Beck

Read "Get Me Joe Beck" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It would be something of an understatement to say that the late Joe Beck was a fine guitarist. In truth, he was one of the most multifaceted players to wield the instrument during his lifetime. Beck was hailed for his funky fusion work, both as an individual and in combination with saxophonist David Sanborn, he was ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Project THEM: Project THEM

Read "Project THEM: Project THEM" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Vibraphonist Mark Sherman has been knocking around for a while, and though he's a seasoned professional who's won several Downbeat polls it seems that he's one of those artists that's perpetually seen as a newcomer. It's telling that his Downbeat wins were in the “Rising Star" category, though he's been active on the New York jazz ...

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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 ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Complete Arista Albums Collection

Read "The Complete Arista Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

When fusion first emerged in the late 1960s/early '70s with artists like trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin, the emphasis was on guitar and keyboard heavy lineups like Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra, with an equally strong predilection for the intensity and volume of rock and a kind of thundering funk ...

Take Five With Ric Harris

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Meet Ric Harris:
An article in Guitar Player magazine about the Old Town School of Folk Music caused me to leave North Carolina and move to Chicago. I caught Ira Sullivan and Joe Diorio at the Jazz Showcase one night and moved to Los Angeles to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology a few ...