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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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Article: SoCal Jazz

Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass

Read "Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass" reviewed by Jim Worsley


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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Article: SoCal Jazz

Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand

Read "Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand" reviewed by Jim Worsley


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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Article: SoCal Jazz

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part 1

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part 1" reviewed by Jim Worsley


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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Article: Album Review

Hiromi: Spectrum

Read "Spectrum" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


A beacon for jazz to come, since her adrenaline-pumped debut Another Mind (Telarc, 2003), pianist-composer Hiromi Uehara launches herself into her fourth decade with Spectrum, her second album alone at her Yamaha. The music, she hopes, celebrates the closing of one decade and the opening of the next and, without pause, it does, brimming ...

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Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman


Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence

Read "Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Attention to details and impeccable standards coupled with a desirous curiosity and a wealth of talent have served Dave Weckl well. The savvy and astute musician has meticulously traversed the jazz and fusion world over the past few decades. Weckl is on a very short list when the topic of drumming icons is broached. Perhaps best ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

Read "Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Part 1 | Part 2The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for ...

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Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

Read "Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...

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Yusef Lateef: The Doctor Is In ...And Out

Read "The Doctor Is In ...And Out" reviewed by Chris May


The soul-jazz albums Yusef Lateef recorded for Atlantic between 1967 and 1976, of which The Doctor Is In...And Out is the tenth and final release, may prove to be among his most enduring releases. That suggestion will not chime with the sentiments of many of Lateef's longtime fans, who who dismiss the Atlantics as sell-outs and ...


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