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Art Blakey: Mission Eternal, Vol. 2

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While some people have insinuated that nothing was really happening in jazz during the 1970s, this reissue should provide evidence to the contrary. Art Blakey, always working with younger talent, found a way to stay current in an era dominated by fusion, without compromising his integrity. While there are electric keyboards as well as electric guitars ...


Peter Natterer: The Passing

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Electronic manipulation and saxophones go back a long time--remember reedman Rahsaan Roland Kirk's phrase “boogie electric"? The best-known might be tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris, who played the Varitone (an electric saxophone made by Selmer). Many have been known to blow electronic horns, including Michael Brecker, Marshall Allen and Wayne Shorter, to name but a few.


Weather Report: Forecast: Tomorrow

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Weather Report
Forecast: Tomorrow

If you followed jazz during the 1970s you were well aware of Weather Report. They consistently won the Down Beat readers' poll for jazz group of the year and helped forge a link between jazz, rock, and what would be later termed world music. ...


Oliver Nelson: Screamin' The Blues

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There were many saxophonists on the scene in 1960 who would influence jazz for the next forty years. While saxophonist/composer/arranger Oliver Nelson might not be the best known of the musicians of that era, he blew alongside some of the greats. He is probably best known for his compositions and arrangements ("Stolen Moments," “Miss Fine" and ...