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Anthony Jackson (b. 1952) is quite simply a legendary figure in modern music. Although his first steps into music were with the piano and guitar he switched to the electric bass after hearing Motown bassist James Jamerson.

Having played on over 3000 recording sessions it is safe to say that Anthony Jackson is one of the most prolific recording artists ever, although in a career spanning four decades he declined offers to record a solo album until a meeting with Greek bassist/composer Yiorgos Fakanas who proposed they record as co-leaders. The result is Interspirit (Abstract Logix, 2010), an original-sounding fusion album with which brings together the best of Greek musiicans on strings, brass and top American musicians of the fusion genre.

Jackson has played with and recorded with some of the greatest names in modern music including Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Paul Simon, Roberta Flack, Michel Petrucciani, Mike Stern, Quincy Jones, Pat Metheny, The O'Jays, Steely Dan and Wayne Krantz among many others.

The inventor of the six-string electric bass which he calls the contrabass guitar, Anthony Jackson has left an enormously influential mark on popular music and influenced countless electric bass guitarists.

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The Weckl/Kennedy Project: Live at The Catalina Jazz Club

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If you are a fan of fusion, you likely know that Tom Kennedy and Dave Weckl started playing together in their early teens. Recently, Weckl reminisced about that glorious time in their lives, while on stage at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Yes, it was the Weckl/Kennedy Project playing the finale of a three-night engagement. ...

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Back On The Corner with Dave Liebman and Mike Stern, School Of The Arts with T Lavitz, plus Al di Meola

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Dennis Chambers-T Lavitz from Boston T Party, Dave Weckl-Frank Gambale from School Of The Arts, Adam Rogers, Greg Howe, Dave Liebman-Anthony Jackson, from Back On The Corner, George Duke, Al Di Meola and Chick Corea Electric Band.Playlist Dennnis Chambers-T Lavitz “D Funk'd" from Boston T Party (Tone Centre) 00:00 {Dave Weckl-Frank Gambale “Like This" ...

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Take Five with Michał, Adam and Piotr of the Confusion Project

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Meet Confusion Project Confusion Project is a jazz trio from Poland, established in 2013. Confusion Project could be said to take a neoromantic approach to jazz fusion, with extensive compositions, strong melodies and complex rhythms. Confusion Project has released 4 albums to date. The latest one, entitled Last was released in October 2021. The ...

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Dave Weckl, Mike Prigodich, Yellow Jackets and Cindy Blackman Santana

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Music from Dave Weckl and Jay Oliver, Yellow Jackets, Mike Prigodich, and Cindy Blackman. Playlist Dave Weckl-Jay Oliver “Apocalypso" from Convergence (Self Produced) 00:00 Jazz Pistols “Three On The Floor" from 3 On The Floor-Live (Lipstick) 08:23 Yellow Jackets “Aha" from Altered State (Heads Up) 16:38 Mike Prigodich “Spanish Swordfight" from A Stitch In ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Hiromi: Dancing and Smiling With Every Note

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Few musicians have impacted the jazz and music world with the zeal and character of Hiromi. She paints on the finest palette, on par with the finest wine or richest chocolate. Her ambitious and superlative skills as a pianist are matched by the complexities and sheer genius of her compositions. Whether flying solo, in trio, quartet, ...

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Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

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From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far from simplistic. Musical depth has long been the trademark of a genre that has been through many incarnations and traversed ...

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Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass

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Tom Kennedy has never considered himself a prospector, but surely has tapped into a goldmine. As if releasing a hotshot new record wasn't enough, the world class jazz and fusion bassist is in compositional bliss with a bevy of new material yet to be recorded. Kennedy and I talk at length about his new writing technique ...

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Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand

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The life and times of guitarist extraordinaire Steve Khan stretch through a high volume of evolving chapters that fuse together like the passages of a finely crafted arrangement. An expansive conversation with Khan touched on a variety of memories. Still, this is perhaps the Reader's Digest version of the seventy-three years old musician and composer's remarkable ...

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Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part 1

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The name Jimmy Haslip needs no introduction. So, he doesn't get one. Seriously, we had a lot of ground to cover and he had so many great stories and interesting asides to share that we are breaking the interview into two parts as it is. So, without further ado... All About Jazz: I ...


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