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Bill Mays

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"I was born in Sacramento, CA" (William Allen Mays) Feb. 5, 1944. "There was always music in our home. My dad, Bill Sr., was a minister, and played the piano, organ, trombone, guitar and harmonica, so gospel music was the first music I heard. My mom, Martha, a homemaker, had a beautiful, very natural, voice and I have vivid memories of him playing the accordion while she sang. Dad's trombone was an old, silver valved one. I loved that sound—it’s probably the reason I took up the baritone horn and trumpet in junior high school. We had a spinet piano, a Baldwin Acrosonic, and I was at it from a very early age. I had some great teachers down through the years but the one who really set the stage, at around age eight, was Ethel Bush

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Martin Wind: No Second Thoughts

Read "Martin Wind: No Second Thoughts" reviewed by Doug Collette


Bassist/composer Martin Wind is nothing if not brave. But then any contemporary jazz instrumentalist courageous enough to so forthrightly comport himself on the instrument in the shadow of the late icons such as Charles Mingus and Jaco Pastorius would certainly have no compunctions about recording and releasing two differently conceived albums within just months of each ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Mays

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Mays

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Mays' birthday today! “I was born in Sacramento, CA" (William Allen Mays) Feb. 5, 1944. “There was always music in our home. My dad, Bill Sr., was a minister, and played the piano, organ, trombone, guitar and harmonica, so gospel music was the first music I heard. My mom, Martha, ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Goodwin: Not Less Than Everything

Read "Bill Goodwin: Not Less Than Everything" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Bill Goodwin is like a breath of fresh air blowing through jazz. From the time around 1954 when he was in jny: Los Angeles and just learning the drums, and inspired by Shelly Manne, to today, around his 80th birthday, he has loved jazz and the musicians unconditionally. He has befriended and worked with so many ...

Album

My Astorian Queen

Label: LAIKA Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Mean What You Say; Solitude; Broadway; Peace Waltz; È Precio Perduar; Out In P.A.; My Astorian Queen; There’s A Boat Leaving Soon For New York; New York, New York.

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The Mulligan Chronicles

Label: Larsenjazz Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: Walkin' Shoes; Curtains; Festive Minor; Good Neighbor Thelonius; Lonesome Boulevard; Idol Gossip; Rico Apollo; Open Country; The Flying Scotsman; Out Back of the Barn; Etude for Franca; Ring Around the Bright Star; Taurus Moon

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Article: Album Review

Martin Wind Quartet: My Astorian Queen

Read "My Astorian Queen" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Bassist Martin Wind is a German national who received his early education and began his career in that country. He arrived in the US in the mid 90s to further his musical education, and studied with the likes of Jim McNeely, Mike Holober and Kenny Werner among others. He eventually began to receive broader recognition through ...

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Mean What You Say

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Label: LAIKA Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 7:35

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Article: Album Review

Martin Wind Quartet: My Astorian Queen

Read "My Astorian Queen" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Bassist Martin Wind reminds us that “nostalgia" is not a four-letter word (or nine-letter for that matter). Wind would say, “nein" to that idea. The German-born bassist, now a solid member of New York's jazz community, can be heard in piano trios led by Bill Mays, Ted Rosenthal, and Bill Cunliffe, in drummer Matt Wilson's various ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Mark Murphy: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Mark Murphy: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Peter Jones


Revered by jazz singers the world over, Mark Murphy is barely known to the general public--which is curious, since he enjoyed a recording career that lasted more than half a century, made 48 albums in his lifetime, and played thousands of gigs with hundreds of musicians from Norway to Australia. A notoriously mercurial and secretive character, ...


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