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Pete La Roca

Pete La Roca (born Peter Sims) was an American jazz drummer. He adopted the name La Roca early in his musical career when he was a timbales player in Latin bands. Between 1957 and 1968 he played with Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Slide Hampton, the John Coltrane Quartet, Marian McPartland, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Mose Allison, Charles Lloyd, Paul Bley, and Steve Kühn, among others, as well as leading his own group and working as the house drummer at the Jazz Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts. During this period, he twice recorded as leader, firstly on Basra (Blue Note, 1965) and also on Turkish Women at the Bath (Douglas, 1967), also issued as Bliss under pianist Chick Corea's name on Muse. In 1968 he left music to become a lawyer, successfully suing when his second album as leader was released under Corea's name without his consent. He returned to jazz in 1979, and has recorded one album as a leader, Swingtime (Blue Note, 1997).

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Blue Note's 80th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative

Read "Blue Note's 80th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Blue Note moves in mysterious ways. It seems like only a few months ago that the storied jazz label announced its Tone Poet vinyl series, because, well, it was only a few months ago, and here they are with yet another entry in the vinyl reissue game: the Blue Note 80th Anniversary Series. Like the Tone ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Four Skins

Read "Four Skins" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Drummer-leaders comprise this round's selections, as Pat and Mike check out a couple of historical goodies and two more recent releases. What makes a good drummer-led date? Just how loud should the leader be miked? Why does Pat think the Rolling Stone's drummer is a closet masochist? The answers may surprise you. Ladytron and Stevie Ray ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sonny Rollins: Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959

Read "Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The quantity and quality of music released in 1959 have led many to call it a watershed year for modern jazz. Even just cursory research calls up such landmark titles as John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic), Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic), Dave Brubeck's Time Out (Columbia) and Miles Davis's Kind of Blue ...

Jazz in Its Present Tents

Read "Jazz in Its Present Tents" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries. Bossacucanova The Best of Bossacucanova Six Degrees Records 2016 Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sonny Rollins Trio & Horace Silver Quintet: Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959

Read "Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

To some extent, the concept of glory days equates to fiction based on romanticized truth. When you talk to those who walked the walk at any seemingly important time, you learn that very quickly. Many of them would likely say that there's no time like the present, and the truth is that there's great music and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrea Massaria, Bruce Ditmas: The Music Of Carla Bley

Read "The Music Of Carla Bley" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

I brani composti da Carla Bley nei primi anni Sessanta rappresentano una miniera dove i filoni auriferi sono diffusi in modo costante, emanano forza, freschezza, intuizione. Se, da un lato, il guizzo melodico ricorda Ornette Coleman, per altri versi c'è una personalità tutta originale, venata di tante sfumature, che riflettono umori dal Sud America all'Europa del ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth

Read "Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth Josef Woodard 229 Pages ISBN: 978-1-935247-13-5 Silman-James Press 2016 A book on Charles Lloyd--one of the most celebrated and enigmatic jazz musicians of the past fifty years--has been a long time coming. It's been a while in the making too, for author ...

Pete La Roca: Basra - 1965

Read "Pete La Roca: Basra - 1965" reviewed by Marc Davis

When drummer Pete La Roca recorded Basra in 1965, the Iraq war was decades away. Today, the name Basra evokes memories of the 2003 invasion. A recording called Basra in 2016 would probably make listeners think of Saddam Hussein. Not a good association. But in 1965? It was just an exotic-sounding, Middle Eastern name.

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A Day With Dave Liebman

Read "A Day With Dave Liebman" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A Day With Dave Liebman National Concert Hall jny:Dublin, Ireland January 31, 2016 Lasting the course in jazz, that's to say, building a successful career that, just like any other job, spans more than half a lifetime, brings with it a wealth of knowledge and experience. Sharing that knowledge with ...


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