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That Grand Dan Sound: Why Everyone Knows Steely Dan When They Hear Them

Read "That Grand Dan Sound: Why Everyone Knows Steely Dan When They Hear Them" reviewed by Eric Pettine

Ok, so Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and Dave Brubeck used them throughout the 1950s. In the 1960s and most of the 1970s, adventurous and ambitious horn-adorned groups like Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears also experimented successfully with them too. But we're talking cool chords (and their various permutations) here folks, not drugs.

Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow

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Blackalicious’ career is now hitting the decade mark, and hopefully, now that MCA have won the bidding war to give them major label status (and hopefully the equivalent in marketing dollars), their career will be less sporadic than previously. Blazing Arrow represents a truly long awaited full length for the Bay Area duo Chief Xcel and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

B.B. King: Let The Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan

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B. B. King pays tribute to his late friend Louis Jordan with this swingin' collection of covers.

Jordan’s music has not been lacking for attention of late. First, the Broadway show “Five Guys Named Moe" became a smash hit on the strength of his tunes. Then a horde of zoot-suited ex-rockers became Jordan imitators during ...

Earl Hooker: Simply the Best

Read "Simply the Best" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Nearly 30 years after succumbing to tuberculosis at age 41, blues guitarist Earl Zebedee Hooker is finally getting his due. Many critics now cite Hooker as the finest guitarist in Chicago's storied blues history, and Simply the Best goes a long way toward proving their point.

A number of Hooker recordings have been re-released on ...

B.B. King: Blues on the Bayou

Read "Blues on the Bayou" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Last summer I attended a disappointing B.B. King concert in which the blues legend spent most of the show talking instead of playing. Fortunately he plays and sings wonderfully on this release, his best since Blues Summit. B.B. finally lets his excellent road musicians strut their stuff live in a studio setting, with no overdubs and ...

Baby-Face Willette: Behind The 8 Ball

Read "Behind The 8 Ball" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Organist Babyface Willette (born 1933) had a very brief career during the early sixties. His only real gig was grinding the B-3 in the Lou Donaldson band that featured guitarist Grant Green. He was also heard on Green's Blue Note debut and two pretty good juke-joint Blue Note dates of his own (also featuring Green). In ...

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Joe Sample: Rainbow Seeker

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If you don't know what “pocket" is, listen to most any Joe Sample release, but especially Rainbow Seeker (1978, MCA). You'd think the term was invented for this collection of groove jazz. Of course when released, I'm sure it wasn't considered ground-breaking, but it is an incredible example of how compositions and solos can be built ...