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Go Slow: The Life of Julie London

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Go Slow. The Life of Julie London
Michael Owen
296 Pages
ISBN: 9781613738573
Chicago Review Press
2017

“Vinyl Viagra"

“Mainly I'm a lyric reader."

“Mickey Mouse...she can even make that sexy."

“I'm not a singer.

If ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Go Slow: The Life Of Julie London

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The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 12: For the Night People" of Go Slow: The Life of Julie London by Michael Owen (Chicago Review Press, 2017). All Rights Reserved.

In 1965, after three years of largely recording pop tunes under Liberty Records' hit-making producer Snuff Garrett, Julie London was eager to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Quartet: Live at the Deer Head Inn

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A few months ago, I discovered the Deer Head Inn at the Delaware Water Gap.. That led to discovery of Deer Head Records. Which led to the discovery of this recording. Sometimes, ignorance can lead to bliss.

I hadn't heard much of Joe Locke, and aside from Bill Goodwin, the other musicians were unknown ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

UMO Jazz Orchestra with Michael Brecker: Live in Helsinki 1995

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If your fondness for big-band jazz includes searching for hidden treasures, here's a recently uncovered gem that should more than gladden your spirit: a concert recording from 1995 by Finland's superb UMO Jazz Orchestra featuring the renowned tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker who left us far too soon a dozen years later at age fifty-seven. The impeccably ...

Allison Neale: I Wished on the Moon

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There was a time, roughly half a century ago, when West Coast jazz was seen as the hippest music on the planet, its leading lights known and praised far and wide for espousing a brand of “cool jazz" that stood in stark contrast to its more heated East Coast counterpart. Much like any other trend, the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Who Was Jane Fielding?

Who Was Jane Fielding?

Back in 2012, I posted on Jane Fielding, a husky-voiced vocalist who recorded just two albums—Introducing Jane Fielding (1955) and Embers Glow (1956)—along with two songs performed on Bobby Troup's Stars of Jazz in 1957. Then she disappeared. At the end of the post, I originally asked Ms. Fielding to reach out to me. In February ...

Lori Carsillo: Sugar and Smoke

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San Francisco Bay Area songbird Lori Carsillo provides us with her third solo vocal album Sugar and Smoke, presenting modern versions of familiar jazz standards from the '60s, featuring a host of first-rate musicians from the Bay Area's vibrant jazz scene. Carsillo offers a light soft-toned session of vocal jazz enhanced by her sultry hushed-styled vocal ...

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Jack Teagarden: Stars of Jazz

Jack Teagarden: Stars of Jazz

In 1956, pianist and singer-songwriter Bobby Troup began hosting a Los Angeles TV show for ABC called Stars of Jazz.  On one of the shows (sponsored by Budweiser), Troup featured trombonist Jack Teagarden and other legends of Chicago jazz, including Matty Matlock's Rampart Street Paraders: Matty Matlock (cl), Eddie Miller (ts), Abe Lincoln (tb), Clyde Hurley ...

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Cheryl Bentyne / Mark Winkler: Cheryl Bentyne / Mark Winkler: West Coast Cool

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In 2010, veteran Los Angeles singer/lyricist Mark Winkler joined forces with the Manhattan Transfer's lead singer, multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Cheryl Bentyne, playing the music of the '50s and '60s commonly known as West Coast Jazz at venues throughout California and elsewhere. West Coast Cool is this remarkable duo's music-only version of their live show, turning its ...

Deborah Shulman: Get Your Kicks

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In the vicinity of Staunton, Illinois, a short strip of asphalt heretofore known as “Route 66" lies silently abandoned. A local wag once suggested that the ghost remnant be pulverized into bits and sold to nostalgia types, with a wealth to be had--probably by the wag. Whether or not a fortune is to be made with ...