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B.B. King

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“King of the Blues” Born on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi in 1925, Riley B. King would start from very humble beginnings. His family moved around the area, and the young Riley experienced early a life of constant motion. As a youngster he was a farm laborer, but drawn to music, he took up the guitar; he played on street corners, and would sometimes play in as many as four towns a night. In 1946, he hitchhiked to Memphis, to pursue his music career. Memphis was a large musical community where every style of music could be found, a good place for a young man who wanted to play the blues

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Article: New York Beat

Voices of Mississippi at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Read "Voices of Mississippi at Jazz at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Nick Catalano


The research into music programming for concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center has always been top-notch, providing important informational fodder for reviewers. Perhaps none has been as significant and revelatory as the material used for the February 25-26 concerts with a truly seminal group--Voices of Mississippi. The origin and nature of the blues and ...

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Article: Book Review

Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock

Read "Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock" reviewed by Doug Collette


Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock Lisa S. Johnson 388 pages ISBN: # 978-1648960239 Princeton Architectural Press 2021 Sometimes a guitar is just a guitar. More often, however, it's a talisman or a totem, a combination of toy and weapon, simultaneous object of love and hate. Above all, though, it's ...

Article: Book Review

Ted Gioia: Delta Blues

Read "Ted Gioia: Delta Blues" reviewed by Vic Albani


Delta Blues Ted Gioia 504 pagine ISBN: # 9788859266044 EDT 2020 Selezionato dal New York Times e da The Economist come uno dei cento migliori libri del 2008 vede la luce, grazie al sempre attento lavoro di Siena Jazz, una delle analisi più interessanti di sempre dedicate al mondo ...

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Article: Film Review

Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Read "Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Various Artists Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Onyx Collective/Searchlight Pictures 2021 One of the most thought-provoking moments in Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson's documentary on the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival comes from a festival attendee, looking back from the distant perspective of half a century. “I ...

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Article: So You Don't Like Jazz

Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments

Read "Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments" reviewed by Alan Bryson


It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb: “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage them, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers their tastes and sensibilities. This So You Don't Like Jazz column explores ways ...

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Article: Interview

Pino Palladino: The Craftsman from Wales

Read "Pino Palladino: The Craftsman from Wales" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Refined craftsmanship is in small supply in today's music business, especially in the music business that fills sports arena or large music venues. Pino Palladino belongs to the small guild of refined craftsmen whose membership is reserved to musicians who do not seek the spotlight but pursue beauty through art, because that is what they were ...

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Article: Interview

Pino Palladino: Eclettismo al Servizio della Musica

Read "Pino Palladino: Eclettismo al Servizio della Musica" reviewed by Serena Antinucci


Capita raramente di ascoltare un disco che sprigiona endorfine così benefiche, che ci concede la possibilità di separarci momentaneamente dalla realtà, spingendoci fino al nucleo generativo della musica stessa. Proprio lì dove la composizione prende forma in uno spazio neutro, senza confini, entriamo nel sistema musicale di Notes With Attachments del bassista Pino Palladino e del ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Andrea Balestra: A Rich Sicilian Odyssey

Read "Andrea Balestra:  A Rich Sicilian Odyssey" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Guitarist Andrea Balestra makes a cerebral investment with every note he plays and with all of his compositions. A lot of guitarists like to jam. Balestra isn't one of them. Substance is preferred over droning speed. His highly intensified music is born of traditional Italian music...being from Sicily perhaps a factor...a deep integration of blues, a ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Muse Records: Ten Smoking Hot Albums

Read "Muse Records: Ten Smoking Hot Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Alone among the other great jazz labels of the 1960s and 1970s—Blue Note, Prestige, Riverside, Impulse!, Strata-East and Atlantic—Joe Fields' Muse is rarely anthologised, written about or otherwise celebrated. Yet like its peers, Muse was prolific, releasing over 200 premium-grade albums during the 1970s, its most active decade, alone. This relative obscurity is ...


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