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Cannonball Adderley on Kung Fu

Cannonball Adderley on Kung Fu

Between 1972 and 1975, David Carradine starred in a TV series called Kung Fu. He played Kwai Chang Caine, a Chinese Shaolin monk in the Wild West with only his Buddhist spiritualism and marshal-arts skills. Throughout the series, Carradine's character helped those who were defenseless and did away with those who hurt or harmed them. Along the ...

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T-Bone Walker: T-Bone Blues

T-Bone Walker: T-Bone Blues

In the early 1940s, when African-Americans in the South and Southwest moved north to the Midwest and west to Los Angeles in search of job opportunities at war-time factories, they packed their souls. As the Great Migration filled cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland and South Central in L.A., transplants from places such as Mississippi ...

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Electrifying Track: Speak No Evil

Electrifying Track: Speak No Evil

On the day before Christmas in 1964, when tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter recorded his fourth leadership album, Speak No Evil, he had already joined Miles Davis's second great quintet. The song Speak No Evil developed from Shorter's fascination with Buddhism and the concept that every action has a reaction, that every cause has an effect. As ...

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"Groove" Holmes in Popsville

"Groove" Holmes in Popsville

A good number of jazz organists of the early and mid-1960s were put in a box. Many of their albums from this period were larded with tedious original blues and a handful of ancient Songbook standards. This mind-numbing approach allowed labels to avoid steep copyright bills, but the strategy also resulted in countless dull cookie-cutter recordings ...

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Django Festival Allstars

Django Festival Allstars

One of the best kept secrets in jazz is the Django Festival Allstars. Formed in 2002, they recapture the joyous and nostalgic sound of gypsy jazz made popular in jny: Paris by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli just before World War II. It's infectious music, and once you hear it, you get caught up in the ...

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Videos: Jazz Guitars Galore

Videos: Jazz Guitars Galore

Last evening, before New York's July 4th fireworks, I was roaming around YouTube looking at footage of great jazz guitarists. Rather than tell you what I found, why don't I show you [pictured above, from left, are Johnny Guarnieri, Carol Stevens, Barry Galbraith and Milt Hinton in After Hours]... Here are guitarists Jimmy Raney and Scott Henderson ...

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Bill Watrous (1939-2018)

Bill Watrous (1939-2018)

Bill Watrous, a jazz trombonist who came up in the 1960s just as jazz was fading and the trombone was transitioning into studio orchestras and funk-soul groups such as the Jazz Crusaders and Kool and the Gang, died on July 2, 2018. He was 79. Watrous's finest work was on ballads. His singing trombone style on slow ...

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Bobby Valentin: Mind of a Master

Bobby Valentin: Mind of a Master

The problem with the Spanish language isn't that Latin American immigrants who come to the U.S. don't learn English fast enough, as some in the government claim. It's that those of us who speak only English are missing out on a vast Latin cultural landscape and its rich history. Sadly, English-only jazz fans aren't considered a ...

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Mike LeDonne: From the Heart

Mike LeDonne: From the Heart

Mike LeDonne knocks me out. He's one of the only organists around today who fully grasps the 1970s soul-jazz idiom. Back then, there were seriously groovy Hammond players such as Leon Spencer Jr., Johnny “Hammond" Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Sonny Phillips, Charles Kynard, Charles Earland and Don Patterson, among others. All you had to ...

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Herbie Mann with Oliver Nelson

Herbie Mann  with Oliver Nelson

Herbie Mann was a fascinating jazz figure. The flutist and saxophonist was a dominant player in the 1950s, recording prolifically as a leader and sideman, and always bringing tremendous swing and lyricism to his work. Both of Mann's parents were dancers, so his keen sense of time makes perfect sense. Tall and lean, he became the ...