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Gary McFarland: The In Sound & Soft Samba

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Arranger, vibraphonist and singer Gary McFarland is regarded as one of the major purveyors of orchestral jazz--a type of jazz which had its heyday in the 1960s, but which is not heard as much anymore. A fine line separates orchestral jazz from the dreaded “easy listening" tag. A line so fine, they're often one and the ...

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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: EARS

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In trying to describe Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's music it occurred to me that it sounds like music that would be made by computers if computers ever evolve to posses their own intelligence and emotions. But that doesn't quite hit it... perhaps a better way would be to say that it's some of the most organic electronic ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Light of the Supreme: Carlos Santana’s Devadip Trilogy

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To the casual music fan in 1971 Carlos Santana appeared as if he was on top of the world. His band's appearance at Woodstock two short years earlier, plus their cover of Fleetwood Mac's “Black Magic Woman" had catapulted him to stardom. Yet, behind the scenes, his band was splintering. Different musical and personal objectives, plus ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steve Tibbetts: “Northern Song” and the Sounds of Silence

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It's a chilly, overcast afternoon in jny: Oslo, Norway in late October 1981. This close to the Arctic Circle, the days are already rapidly shortening with winter's approach, the sun beginning to disappear over the horizon by mid-afternoon. In a darkened studio, guitarist Steve Tibbetts, percussionist Marc Anderson, producer and ECM Records head Manfred Eicher, along ...

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Monoswezi: Monoswezi Yanga

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A while back I picked up a copy of a 1971 Smithsonian album featuring the traditional mbira music of the Shona People of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). It's a valuable ethnomusicological recording, but unless one is from that culture, the appeal may be limited. The mbira, though, is a fascinating instrument and I longed to hear more ...

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Kevin Eubanks & Stanley Jordan: Duets

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We know Kevin Eubanks as a long-time leader and guitarist for The Tonight Show band, as well as a string of solo albums. Stanley Jordan, of course, turned the jazz world on its ear in the mid 80's with his revolutionary two-handed tapping technique on the guitar fretboard. Both musicians have been used to being in ...