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George Braith: The Complete Blue Note Sessions - 1963-64

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Playing two saxophones at once is a gimmick, and not a very good one. It can be done, and maybe if your name is Rahsaan Roland Kirk, you can even sell a few records doing it. But it's not a great artistic achievement, and the sound you get is mostly tinny and obnoxious.

Which ...

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Uncompromising Expression: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz

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Uncompromising Expression:75 Years of the Finest in Jazz
Richard Havers
400 pages
ISBN: # 978-1-4521-4144-2
Chronicle Books
2014

It's probably still a bit of an understatement to suggest that Blue Note Records has become one of the most iconic labels associated with recorded jazz. Now in its 75th year, ...

ARTICLE: BIG JAZZ NERD

George's Braithophone

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Big Jazz Nerd,

Whatever happened to George Braith? I remember listening to him play on the street in NYC decades ago. Is he still playing?

Roger Sales, Darien, Connecticut

Roger:

Yes, George Braith is still making music at age 67. His home base is in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

George Braith: The Complete Blue Note Sessions

Read "The Complete Blue Note Sessions" reviewed by David Adler

George Braith is not as widely known as Roland Kirk, but he too made indisputably musical sounds playing two horns simultaneously. He in fact played one of Kirk’s signature instruments, the stritch (a type of straight alto), often in tandem with the soprano. This Blue Note reissue combines the three albums Braith made for the label ...