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Blind Lemon Jefferson

Considering he was the most popular male blues recording artist of the 1920s, we know surprisingly little about Blind Lemon Jefferson. Between 1925 and 1929, he made at least 100 recordings, including alternate versions of some songs. Had 43 records issued, all but one on the Paramount label, where he became the first black male singer/guitarist to have a hit. He inspired a generation of male bluesmen, but had few imitators, due to the complexity of his guitar playing and the distinctiveness of his high, clear voice. Born in Couchman, in Freestone County, Texas, blind from childhood, possibly even from birth, he may have had some residual sight (which would explain his wearing clear, rather than dark, glasses.) Jefferson received no formal education and instead traveled from town to town in the Wortham area, playing his guitar and singing songs, most of which were his own compositions

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A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record by Brian Ward & Patrick Huber

Read "A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record by Brian Ward & Patrick Huber" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record Brian Ward & Patrick Huber 480 pages ISBN: # 978-0826521750 Country Music Foundation Press 2018 Scholarship in the history or blues music (and all music, for that matter) reaches a pinnacle with the publication of the exhaustively researched A&R Pioneers: ...

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To Dream the Impossible Dream: the quest for a music education

Read "To Dream the Impossible Dream: the quest for a music education" reviewed by Peter Rubie

I've been thinking a lot about how jazz is taught recently. I realize now, my search for a real musical education was not a simple thing, but a series of life changing moments. My son, on the other hand, is planning to study music in college after he finishes high school. Though it would fill his ...

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Peter Parcek: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven

Read "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" reviewed by Doug Collette

Ably aided and abetted as is Peter Parcek on Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, he never runs the risk of his own contributions being overshadowed by the esteemed likes of his guests including North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson, Muscle Shoals veteran Spooner Oldham and long-time Willie Nelson band member Micky Raphael. he guitarist/vocalist/songwriter acquits himself ...

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Rollin' and Tumblin'

Read "Rollin' and Tumblin'" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Rollin' and Tumblin' Roberto Menabò 194 Pagine ISBN: 978-8862318228 Arcana 2014 Per quanto il blues sia un genere musicale da tempo largamente diffuso e storicizzato, i dati biografici dei suoi più grandi interpreti sono ancora ampiamente sconosciuti, dispersi nel terreno paludoso tra realtà e leggenda dove spesso le ...

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Noah Preminger: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

Read "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" reviewed by James Nadal

The Delta Blues, spawned from the callous conditions on Mississippi plantations and farmlands, is an artistic manifestation that creativity can overcome, survive, and thrive, amidst overwhelming situations. These sparse, rural blues, which came out of the fields so long ago, continue to influence contemporary musicians seeking a raw form of expression. Count saxophonist Noah Preminger among ...

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CocoRosie, Dastan Ensemble, Arto Lindsay, Chick Corea, Béla Fleck, John Hammond, G.Love & Trio 3

Read "CocoRosie, Dastan Ensemble, Arto Lindsay, Chick Corea, Béla Fleck, John Hammond, G.Love & Trio 3" reviewed by Martin Longley

CocoRosie Webster Hall September 25, 2015 The Casady sisters are one of the quirkiest teamings in... what? Rock, folk, hip-hop, reggae, electronica, performance art? All of these, and more, are present in their wildly gambolling songs, discernible as trace elements, but none fully emerging as what could be deemed ...

Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth by Day

Read "Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth by Day" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cassandra Wilson is the most important jazz vocalist of the past thirty years. There. I said it. I meant it. It is out in the open (not that this was any secret). After an impressive jazz debut with Point of View (JMT, 1985), Wilson would release seven ...

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John Butcher: So Far

Read "John Butcher: So Far" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Saxophonist John Butcher's career could have taken an academic path. He completed a Ph.D in theoretical physics--Charmed Quarks to be precise--but left the academic world behind shortly thereafter. As a saxophonist, Butcher has played with and collaborated with many musicians. He is not afraid to try completely off the wall musical experimentation.

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Sweets Edison This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week Riverwalk Jazz presents Harry “Sweets" Edison in an encore presentation captured live at The Landing in San Antonio with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Edison died in 1999 at the age of 83. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of ...


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