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Billy Bauer (1915 - 2005) was already an established professional guitarist in New York when players like Johnny Smith and Jimmy Raney arrived on the scene. He played with the Jerry Wald band before joining Woody Herman in 1944 as a member of the 1st Herd. And in 1946 he played with Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden. Billy Bauer established and distinguished himself as a solid rhythm player with these bands but it was in the small groups that emerged from these bands, lead by Chubby Jackson, Bill Harris and Lennie Tristano, that Billy Bauer established himself as a significant soloist in the evolving bebop movement

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Pamai Chirdkiatisak: Dreamer

Read "Dreamer" reviewed by Jack Bowers


“Music is a universal language." “Jazz transcends bloodlines and borders." Listening to guitarist Pamai Chirdkiatisak's debut album, Dreamer, one quickly realizes that those phrases are more than mere slogans or platitudes. The fact that Chirdkiatisak's admirable quartet is based in Bangkok, Thailand, is apparent only when reading the album ...

Article: Album Review

Alex Goodman: Impressions in Blue and Red

Read "Impressions in Blue and Red" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Con questo splendido doppio album, Alex Goodman esce dal limbo dei talentosi chitarristi emergenti per entrare a pieno titolo tra i solisti e compositori più interessanti del jazz contemporaneo. Era proprio ora. All'età di 34 anni, con sette dischi da leader e prestigiosi premi internazionali (tra cui la vittoria al Montreux International Jazz Guitar del 2014), ...

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Article: Album Review

Franco D'Andrea: New Things

Read "New Things" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Ogni nuovo lavoro di Franco D'Andrea è una tessera aggiunta con coerenza al vasto mosaico che ha disegnato la sua vicenda artistica, nel corso di una carriera che ormai vede la soglia dei sessant'anni. Coniugare il massimo della libertà dentro una cornice di progetto, dialogo e condivisione: questo uno dei cardini su cui si articola il ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz: Proto-Cool (1946 - 1955)

Read "Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz: Proto-Cool (1946 - 1955)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Pianist Lennie Tristano was a very visible participant in the modern jazz innovations of the mid-1940s through the early 1950s, winning polls and participating in all-star jam sessions. Yet his music was always a little outside the mainstream and was increasingly so as he began to experiment with fully improvised performances by 1947. While his focus ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

A Professional Jazz Musician? Really? What's That?

Read "A Professional Jazz Musician? Really? What's That?" reviewed by Peter Rubie


I've been around as a musician long enough to understand when a promoter or booker ghosts me. “Yeah, sure, send me an email," they say in that sincere way that sounds like someone saying, “Of course I love you" just to shut you up. It comes with the territory, and a musician has to be Zen ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 The Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), under Ken Poston, has continued for some thirty years to ...

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Article: Album Review

The Andrew Scott Quartet: The Brightest Minute

Read "The Brightest Minute" reviewed by Jack Bowers


To say that guitarist Andrew Scott's new CD, The Brightest Minute, leans backward as much as it does forward isn't a slam, it's a compliment. It's always a pleasure to hear a musician who salutes the prowess of his predecessors--in this case, masters like Billy Bauer, Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel, Jim Hall and others--and ...

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Article: My Playlist

Mats Gustafsson

Read "Mats Gustafsson" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


If Mats Gustafsson's approach to music were to be described with a single adjective, it would have to be “intense." This applies to him both as a musician, as illustrated by over three decades of playing with stalwarts of the free and creative jazz scenes on both sides of the Ocean (Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann, Joe ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Charley Sabatino

Read "Take Five with Charley Sabatino" reviewed by Charley Sabatino


Meet Charley Sabatino: Charley Sabatino is a veteran bassist with more than 35 years experience. He plays both upright and electric bass, encompassing a wide range of styles, and plays throughout the NY/Metro Area. Highlights of his career include: The Today Show backing the Children's Aid Society Chorus, Lincoln Center with Ben Vereen, Headliners at ...


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