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Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz 1945-65

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Kenny Mathieson Payback Press, 1999 339 pages ISBN 0862418593 With his book about the emergence of bebop, writer Kenny Mathieson has performed a necessary service for the casual jazz fan, along with enough solid information to please the fastidious and musically aware devotee.“Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators ...


James Darren: Because of You

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Big Band singers are somewhat of a vanishing breed. Many vocalists today feel uncomfortable with 16 musicians blasting away behind them. But James Darren, who has emerged as one of the better singers of his generation, isn’t among that crew who feel a pitti-pat of the heart when the band stretches out behind him.Darren’s ...


Aaron Goldberg: Unfolding

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Jazz often translates to the unitiated as noise without meaning. Folks who love jazz in all its variations would make a good choice if their jazzless neighbors or co-workers were introduced to Aaron Goldberg. In his second album, Unfolding for the Cincinnati-based label J Curve, Goldberg provides ample evidence that he's ready to climb the top ...


Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack: Shake Your Hula Hips

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Matt Catingub's musical talents arise from a familiar base. His mother Mavis Rivers made quite a splash as a renowned singer and recording artist. Music fans in Hawaii are quite familiar with Catingub's band, labeled Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack. Despite that unwieldy moniker, the group performs with a distinct flair and a friendly ...


Marian McPartland and Willie Pickens: Ain't Misbehavin'-- Live at the Jazz Showcase

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Liner notes can produce fascinating facts. In the notes by Neil Tesser for “Ain’t Misbehavin’ -- Live at the Jazz Showcase, we learn that McPartland got her start in show business in a British musical act called Billy Mayerl and His Claviers. That insignificant fact points out that McPartland has been around for a long time. ...


Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: The Other Side (El Otro Lado)

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The young lions of today are smart enough to have studied their elders. Chris Washburne, a young Ohioan who leads a seven-piece band, has paid close attention to some of jazz history's best.Washburne, who plays exciting trombone with agility and knowledge of his elders, intended to have his new album pay tribute to Latin ...


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