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AACM - The Association of the Advancement of Creative Music

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The Association of the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) was created 50 years ago in jny: Chicago to give voice to adventurous African American musicians and to express the political turmoil of the era. As this is the anniversary year of this revolutionary collective here are ten essential classic AACM recordings that belong in any collection, ...

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Fats Waller: If You Got To Ask, You Ain't Got It!

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Fats Waller
If You Got To Ask, You Ain't Got It!
Bluebird Jazz
2006

His career was short, but he left behind the kind of memories that will never fade. Fats Waller had it all: personality, keyboard talent, musical ear, and an intuitive feel for communicating with an audience. He ...

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Fats Waller: If You Got To Ask, You Ain't Got It!

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Fats Waller
If You Got To Ask, You Ain't Got It!
Bluebird Jazz
2006

The first thing that strikes you about Fats Waller's music is how much fun it is. Today we recognize Waller as one of the first geniuses of jazz, both as a composer and as a musician, ...

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Larry Carlton: Fire Wire

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If veteran session guitarist Larry Carlton's Sapphire Blue (Bluebird, 2004) was a first shot at the bow of those who'd written him off as too smooth, Fire Wire is a veritable volley. Sapphire Blue found Carlton in a more energetic, blues-based context, but his trademark singing tone still spoke the language of jazz. Leaving all such ...

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Larry Carlton: Fire Wire

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Steely Dan session musician and former Crusaders member Larry Carlton brings another dose of fusion with his latest release, Fire Wire. The followup to his 2004 album Sapphire Blue includes a horn section named after that CD. The disc begins with an upbeat, hard edge that takes you worlds away from the smooth, complacent jazz guitar ...

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Harvey Mason: With All My Heart

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Harvey Mason's motto on With All My Heart seems to be “The one who plays drums in a jazz trio with the most bad-ass pianists and bassists wins. Arguably, that can be also stated of his entire career, as he has played and recorded with a mind-numbing amount of artists through various historical periods and musical ...

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Benny Goodman: Centennial Collection

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By Francis Lo Kee

Clarinetist Benny Goodman (1909-86) is considered by jazz historians to be one of the most important musicians in all of jazz, though not all of his important achievements were strictly musical. He is credited with racially integrating his bands at a time when it was not a popular idea, yet he brought ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Rosie Solves The Swingin' Riddle

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Rosemary Clooney declared her love affair with Nelson Riddle “the best blending of my job and my personal life that I've ever had." While it ended their respective marriages, it also resulted in some excellent music.

Riddle will be familiar to most as the guy who orchestrated the great Sinatra records for Capitol; ...

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Bing Crosby: Bing With A Beat

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They just don't write songs like “I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter" anymore. It's a catchy melody combined with witty lyrics that conveys an innocent longing for love that would be inconceivable as a radio hit today. However, the same goes for just about any other song on Bing With A Beat. ...

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Coleman Hawkins: The Centennial Collection

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Though it won't get the attention of the recent Duke Ellington or Louis Armstrong centennials, the 100th anniversary of Coleman Hawkins' birth, coming up on November 21, certainly warrants celebration from jazz fans. Dubbed the “father of the tenor saxophone," Hawkins was a vital force on the jazz scene for five decades, moving through the swing ...