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Give The Drummer Some: On the record with Zappa's Drum Alumni

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This excerpt appears in The Boy Who Cried Freebird: Rock & Roll Fables and Sonic Storytelling (Harper Paperbacks, 2008).

Composer/bandleader/guitarist Frank Zappa needs no introduction. He was an incredibly prolific musician who died in December 1993, and his estate, the Zappa Trust, is still releasing new editions of never-before-heard recordings organized under the late ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Diminuendo and Crescendo

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This excerpt appears in The Boy Who Cried Freebird: Rock & Roll Fables and Sonic Storytelling (Harper Paperbacks, 2008).

I tried calling my good pal Harlan the other day. I needed some help with my computer and if anyone knows about computers, it's Harlan. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, my friend was nowhere to be found. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Duke Ellington: The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1927-1973)

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Edward Kennedy Ellington came into this world on April 29th, 1899. On this hundredth anniversary of his birth, it's important to remember that Duke Ellington was the greatest jazz bandleader/composer that America has ever seen. While there are a slew of great CD re-issues being made available to commemorate the Duke's immense contribution to jazz, none ...