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Alfred Lion - Blue Note founder, producer, (1908 - 1987) BLUE NOTE RECORDS HISTORY In 1925, 16-year old Alfred Lion noticed a concert poster for Sam Wooding's orchestra near his favorite ice-skating arena in his native Berlin, Germany. He'd heard many of his mother's jazz records and began to take an interest in the music, but that night his life was changed. The impact of what he heard live touched a deep passion within him. His thirst for the music temporarily brought him to New York in 1928 where he worked on the docks and slept in Central Park to get closer to the music. On December 23, 1938, Lion attended the celebrated Spirituals to Swing concert at Carnegie Hall

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Herbie Hancock: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Herbie Hancock: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


The title of Herbie Hancock's 1973 hit single “Chameleon," pulled from his jazz-funk monster Head Hunters (Columbia), was an apt one. Hancock had already undergone several transformations: from the blues-and-gospel-infused vibe of his Blue Note debut, Takin' Off (1962), to more experimentally inclined Blue Note albums in the mid-to-late 1960s, and on to his early 1970s ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Horace Silver: His Only Mistake Was To Smile

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In his sleeve note for the audio restored Horace Silver album Live New York Revisited (ezz-thetics, 2022), British writer Brian Morton cut to the chase. “[Silver]'s only mistake," he wrote, “was to smile while he was playing... a challenge to the notion that jazz should be deadly serious and played with a pained rictus."

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Article: Interview

Meeco: Keeping It Real

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The Berlin-based producer and composer Meeco has a niche but devoted following, built up over a series of romantically inclined and elegant albums released between 2009 and 2014. The discs, which have pronounced Latin flavours, are Amargo Mel (Connector, 2009), Perfume E Caricias (Connector, 2010), Beauty Of The Night (Connector, 2012) and Souvenirs Of Love (Double ...

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Article: Interview

Sheila Jordan: From Motor City Vocalese to Pinball with Charlie Parker

Read "Sheila Jordan: From Motor City Vocalese to Pinball with Charlie Parker" reviewed by Scott Gudell


The dynamic big bands of the 1920s-1940s were led by charismatic and confident kings of swing including Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb and Gene Krupa. Smooth and sophisticated dance sounds could easily cross pollinate with other styles including the syncopated rhythms bubbling up from the streets of Harlem such as 'Swing Street.' Beyond a lineup ...

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Article: Book Review

Enter the Blue

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Enter the Blue Dave Chisholm: writing, drawing, coloring and lettering; Dustyn Payette: color flats 180 Pages ISBN: 978-1940878898 Z2 Comics 2022 Trumpeter/visual artist Dave Chisholm has found ways to combine his two interests before. Instrumental (Z2 Comics, 2017) was an original story featuring a jazz trumpeter; Chasin' the ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

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Born in Memphis, Tennessee, saxophonist George Coleman cut his teeth in local rhythm and blues bands and made his first recording, aged twenty, with B.B. King in 1955. That year he switched from alto to tenor, because King already had an alto player; but Coleman has continued to play the alto from time to time and, ...

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Article: Book Review

Ben Sidran, There Was A Fire

Read "Ben Sidran, There Was A Fire" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


There Was a Fire-Jews Musica and the American Dream [Nuova edizione] Ben Sidran 404 pagine ISBN: # 978-0-578-77359-9 Nardis Books 2021 Esce in queste settimane negli Stati Uniti la nuova edizione—revisionata e aggiornata a tutto il 2020—del fondamentale volume di Ben Sidran del 2012, che delinea il contributo ...

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Article: Album Review

Out To Dinner: Play On

Read "Play On" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Record producers don't always get the same amount of attention as the musicians featured on an album, but their role and influence is vital in the recording process. Take The Beatles' producer, George Martin, for example. His involvement brought the music to a new level. This is also the case with Blue Note co-founder Alfred Lion, ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Thelonious Monk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Of Deep And Staggering Genius

Read "Thelonious Monk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Of Deep And Staggering Genius" reviewed by Chris May


Thelonious Monk's position in cultural history grows in stature with each passing year and every new generation. Lionised by jazz fans and a continuing influence on musicians, Monk in 2020 is also held to be a hero by the hip hop movement. While his music no longer has the power to shock that it once possessed, ...


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