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Larry Dickson Jazz Quartet: Donora Autumn

Read "Donora Autumn" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Baritone sax, trumpet, bass and drums: a lineup that may seem more than passably familiar to fans of small-group jazz in general and West Coast jazz in particular. The first of many piano-less quartets--and the one that remains the gold standard-- was the Gerry Mulligan / Chet Baker Quartet, formed in the early '50s with Bob ...

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Bob Whitlock (1931-2015)

Bob Whitlock (1931-2015)

Von “Bob" Whitlock, a West Coast jazz bassist and the last surviving original member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet who joined the influential piano-less group in the summer of 1952, died yesterday in Long Beach, Calif., of a stroke. He was 84. Without a piano in the Mulligan quartet, Bob had to work doubly hard to ...

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Interview: Bob Whitlock (Part 4)

Interview: Bob Whitlock (Part 4)

For years, bassist Bob Whitlock has been blamed for getting Chet Baker hooked on heroin in 1952. Bob is named in several books as being the one who set Baker on his ruinous path. The problem is, according to Bob, it's not true. They were together when it happened, but Bob says he didn't encourage Baker ...

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Interview: Bob Whitlock (Part 3)

Interview: Bob Whitlock (Part 3)

In the history of post-war jazz, Gerry Mulligan may well have been one of the finest all-around musicians, leaders and arrangers. But he wasn't the nicest guy in the world. Which is easy to understand. Constantly creating a vision, finding musicians to execute that vision and making a success of it—is akin to being the CEO ...

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Interview: Bob Whitlock (Part 2)

Interview: Bob Whitlock (Part 2)

Sixty years ago this month, the Gerry Mulligan Quartet was formed. Original members were Mulligan on baritone sax, Chet Baker on trumpet, Bob Whitlock on bass and Chico Hamilton on drums. Much of the credit for the group goes to Bob Whitlock. If not for him, the quartet may never have been—or at least not in ...

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Interview: Bob Whitlock (Part 1)

Interview: Bob Whitlock (Part 1)

Bassist Bob Whitlock is so far off the grid there isn't even a Wikipedia page for him or a tribute site. An original member of the piano-less Gerry Mulligan Quartet in 1952 and '53, Bob helped establish a new way of playing bass in a small group on the West Coast—light, bright and conversational rather than ...

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George Shearing, 1919-2011

George Shearing, 1919-2011

George Shearing died early today at the age of 91. With his quintet, Shearing used a locked-hands technique at the piano, blending with vibes and piano to develop a style that resonated with listeners and became one of the most recognizable sounds in an era when jazz was still at the core of popular music. He ...


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