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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music

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Library music--aka stock or production music--was first marketed in the 1920s, to be used by “picture palaces" showing silent movies. Its golden age came during the 1960s and 1970s, when it provided off-the-shelf incidental music for radio, television, film and advertising. Ever since Quentin Tarantino included recordings by one of that era's most prolific British library-music ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Harold McNair: Harold McNair / Flute & Nut

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Harold McNair
Harold McNair / Flute & Nut
Dutton Vocalion
2012 (1968/1969)

The story of Jamaican saxophonist/flautist Harold McNair is one of the great “what-might've-beens" of British jazz. He was, by all accounts, a charming, well-mannered guy with a beautiful sound on tenor, alto and, in particular, on flute, and the ...