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Big John Patton

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Big John Patton was born July 12, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri. A self-taught musician, he started playing the piano in 1948 and landed his first big gig touring with R&B sensation Lloyd Price from 1954-1959. Upon his arrival in New York, around 1960, Patton began making the transition from piano to organ. Throughout the 1960's he recorded extensively for Blue Note Records as a leader and sideman, most notably with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson. His music evolved to incorporate elements of modal and free jazz, without ever losing the basic, earthy groove that he brought to it from the beginning. He wrote some organ jazz classics such as "Funky Mama" and "The Yodel." His music will be remembered fondly by musicians and fans

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Article: Year in Review

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Albums of 2023

Read "C. Andrew Hovan's Best Albums of 2023" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Even as it seems the media has yet again touted music this year that seems to stray from the tradition, there's still a wealth of artists issuing viable music that looks ahead while also respecting jazz's deep legacy. Furthermore, the vinyl renaissance continues to bring us troves of unearthed gems along with old favorites dressed in ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlie Apicella and Iron City Meet the Griots Speak: Destiny Calling

Read "Destiny Calling" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Since the early 2000s, guitarist Charlie Apicella's Iron City trio has devoted itself to maintaining the tradition of soulful, organ-based jazz. The aptly-titled Groove Machine (OA2 Records, 2019) preceded Destiny Calling, the group's 2023 album. And the latest one is quite a change-up. For this outing, Apicella has teamed up with The Griots Speak, an all-star ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Conrad Herwig: Obligation

Read "Conrad Herwig: Obligation" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Jazz fans tend to be fanatical about those artists that most directly speak to their own musical tastes. Over time, a sense of familiarity with the musical personalities of their iconic favorites becomes entrenched, followed by categorization based on style and genre. Those already familiar with Conrad Herwig's musical endeavors over the past 20 years are ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Lou Donaldson: Say It Loud

Read "Lou Donaldson: Say It Loud" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when the sound of jazz could be heard lingering in the smoky corners of neighborhood bars in every major city from New York to Los Angeles. These ghetto hangouts were on what was often called the 'chitlin' circuit,' a network of predominantly black operated venues that ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Ed Cherry: Are We There Yet?

Read "Ed Cherry: Are We There Yet?" reviewed by Andrew Scott


In debates between Kenneth Miller, Richard Dawkins, and the late Stephen Jay Gould, the “stay in your lane" boundaries that separate science from theology/philosophy become particularly porous, revealing the frequency with which individuals intellectually “drift" in order to hold onto seemingly contradictory opinions of truth (empirical, scientific) and belief. Jazz, no less an ideology, ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Musician / Entrepreneur: Eddie Roberts

Read "The Musician / Entrepreneur: Eddie Roberts" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


Throughout my Chats with Cats columns I've tried to seek out information and advice from professionals across the jazz spectrum to give musicians, like myself, the tools to forward their own careers. This is an unprecedented time where technology has put it all out there for the taking. I discuss all of this in my Mind ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Soulful Serving of Big John Patton, Philly platters from Sonic Liberation Front, Johnathan Blake & more

Read "A Soulful Serving of Big John Patton, Philly platters from Sonic Liberation Front, Johnathan Blake & more" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a soulful serving of Hammond B3 platters from Big John Patton to Gloria Coleman and Shirley Scott. New releases form Philly's Sonic Liberation Front, drummer Johnathan Blake and a Nobel Force from Jazzmeia Horn. All platters come with two sides. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the ...

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Article: Album Review

Mikko Innanen / Cedric Piromalli / Stefan Pasborg: This Is It

Read "This Is It" reviewed by Mark Corroto


When a Finn, a Dane, and a Frenchman take on the organ trio genre expect it to be funky and supercool. And This is It is just that. This new group pivots around Cedric Piromalli's Hammond organ in ways you might expect if you are a fan of the Blue Note 1960s sounds of Big John ...


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