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MUSICIAN Born:

Rolf Jardemark

A top guitarist from Sweden, Rolf Jardemark is a versatile player with a long series of recordings for the Imogena label. Jardemark started on guitar when he was 12. ”I bought my first guitar from a friend for one dollar! I had no teacher. I started with a blues record and a chord book.” Inspired by Barney Kessel, Larry Carlton and Pat Metheny, Jardemark also learned about jazz from Peter Almqvist when they both worked in a guitar store. Jardemark went to music college when he was 16 and after that went on to The Academy of Music in Gothenburg - studying classical guitar but playing jazz at night

NEWS: RECORDING

Bobby Hutcherson: The Kicker

Bobby Hutcherson: The Kicker

It's unclear why Bobby Hutcherson's The Kicker wasn't released by Blue Note until 1999, despite being recorded in 1963. The album is flawless as far as I can tell. It swings, it's engaging, the musicians on the session were spectacular and there don't appear to be any instrumental errors or microphone snafus. If I were guessing, I'd ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Dexter Gordon: Doin' Allright

Read "Dexter Gordon: Doin' Allright" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Dexter Gordon
Doin' Allright
Blue Note / Music Matters
2009 (1961)

From the first track of this record--in Blue Note's 45rpm double-disc reissue series--tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon certainly seems to be doing just fine. That opener, “I Was Doing All Right," lilts along with a nice 'n' easy, early 1960s ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Yotam Silberstein: Next Page

Read "Next Page" reviewed by J Hunter

Next Page has been pegged as an organ trio disc. The problem with that is saxman Chris Cheek appears on five of the disc's nine cuts. True, keyboardist Sam Yahel never lays out, but to completely dismiss Cheek's role in Yotam Silberstein's second release as a leader--even for simplicity's sake--is to ignore a range of color ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Al Harewood

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By Robert Paul Silverman

Listening to drummer Al Harewood speaking about his life in jazz is like opening a secret chapter in a special history book filled with wondrous swinging grooves and illustrious personalities. Harewood turns 83 years old this month, but he has an acute memory, and speaks with a voice that ...