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William Overton Smith was an American clarinetist and composer. He worked extensively in modern classical music, Third Stream and jazz, and was perhaps best known for having played with pianist Dave Brubeck intermittently from the 1940s to the early 2000s. Smith frequently recorded jazz under the name Bill Smith, but his classical compositions are credited under the name William O. Smith. Smith was born in Sacramento and grew up in Oakland, California, where he began playing clarinet at the age of ten. He put together a jazz group to play for dances at 13, and at the age of 15 he joined the Oakland Symphony

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Article: Radio

Five New Ones from 577 Records and More!

Read "Five New Ones from 577 Records and More!" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show we'll feature five brand new albums from 577 Records, and one each from Greenleaf, Tao Forms, International Anthem and ECM. We also dip in the archive for some classic tracks.Playlist Jakob Bro, Arve Henriksen, Jorge Rossy “Reconstructing A Dream" from Uma Elmo (ECM) 00:00 Michael Sarian & Matthew Putman “Caught ...

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Article: Year in Review

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov


As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to Gary Peacock, Ennio Morricone, Keith Tippett, Henry Grimes, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wallace Roney and many others including NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Candido Camero, ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Red Norvo: Four Classic Albums

Read "Red Norvo: Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert


Red Norvo played the vibes while leading his own band during the swing era and grew into smaller groups in the forties and fifites once the practicality of leading a large ensemble became too much. He was one of the first to specialize of what has always been somewhat of an unusual instrument for jazz, but ...

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Article: Jazz in the Aquarian Age

Dave Brubeck: The Inspired Moment of Unity

Read "Dave Brubeck: The Inspired Moment of Unity" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar


[Standing tall with a flowing salt-and-pepper mane, Dave Brubeck had a broad smile and was quick to laugh when I met him in the fall of 1978 at publicist Peter Levinson's New York office for this interview. He was enjoying his tour with the New Brubeck Quartet, the group he formed with his sons. He reminisced ...

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Article: Interview

Michael Bisio: Stepping Into the Limelight

Read "Michael Bisio: Stepping Into the Limelight" reviewed by Gregory Applegate Edwards


Bassist Michael Bisio has become an increasingly visual and aural presence on the jazz/improvisation scene in the time since he moved from the west coast to New York. Yet he has been a significant contributor in jazz circles for years, and success was no overnight thing. Among other ongoing associations, Bisio is currently the bassist in ...

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Folk Jazz

Label: Fantasy Jazz
Released: 2003
Track listing: 1. A-Roving 2. Greensleeves 3. Nobdy Knows the Trouble I've Seen 4. John Henry 5. Wayfaring Stranger 6. Three Blind Mice 7. Go Down, Moses 8. Blow the Man Down 9. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair 10. Reuben, Reuben 11. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen [Alternate Take 1] 12. Reuben, Reuben [Alternate Take 14].

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Article: Album Review

Bill Smith: Folk Jazz

Read "Folk Jazz" reviewed by David Rickert


Those few who recognize Bill Smith probably remember the recordings he made with the Dave Brubeck quartet replacing Paul Desmond in the horn chair (and fewer still have probably actually heard these recordings.) Yet the presence of West Coast luminaries like Jim Hall, Monty Budwig, and Shelley Manne certainly offers the possibility of a little-heard West ...


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