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Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 3 & 4

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Today is the day that I finally come clean about Art Pepper and me. In 1984, I was taking a year off between having finished Pharmacy School and beginning a graduate program in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design. During this time, I had my yearly eye appointment with my ophthalmologist, one Dr. A. Henry Thomas, with ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

I classici Xanadu - Seconda parte

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In questo nuovo blocco di riedizioni Xanadu, pubblicate dalla Elemental, dopo la puntata dedicata ai sassofonisti, ci occupiamo soprattutto di pianisti, ovviamente legati alla scuola bop secondo le preferenze stilistiche del produttore Don Schlitten: Kenny Drew, Dolo Coker e Barry Harris. Questi non sono leader in tutti i dischi ma il loro contributo è sempre centrale. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Tony Allen: An Autobiography Of The Master Drummer Of Afrobeat

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Tony Allen: An Autobiography Of The Master Drummer Of Afrobeat
Michael Veal
ISBN: 978-0-8223-5591-5
Duke University Press
2013

First of all, drummers are going to love this book. With so few autobiographies of drummers in print, the publication of Tony Allen: An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

John Coltrane: Kulu Sé Mama

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John Coltrane

Kulu Sé Mama

Impulse!

1967

It is rare to find Kulu Sé Mama on somebody's desert-island list of recordings by saxophonist John Coltrane. Why, is a mystery. Despite the brooding intensity of the cover photo, the performances are accessible and delightful, and, as an artifact, although ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Coltrane: Kulu Se Mama

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A vibrant and accessible album from saxophonist John Coltrane's late-middle period, Kulu Se Mama has been only fitfully on catalogue since its original release in early 1967, and has tended to be overlooked in favor of near contemporaneous works like A Love Supreme (Impulse!, 1965) and Ascension (Impulse!, 1966), elements from both of which it reprises. ...

ARTICLE: RHYTHM IN EVERY GUISE

Frank Butler on Curtis Counce's "Landslide"

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“Man, I feel like cookin' this evening,"* Frank Butler proclaimed while setting up his drums in the Contemporary Records studio on October 6, 1956. Over a half-century later, his words still have the ring of absolute truth. The session, led by bassist Curtis Counce and released in 1957 as Landslide, was an incandescent beginning to Butler's ...