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Had Charlie Christian not died of tuberculosis at age 25 in 1942, he certainly would have been the first guitarist to record bebop. His single-string attack on Up on Teddy's Hill with Dizzy Gillespie, captured live at Minton's in 1941, was clearly ahead of its time. But the solo was more blues than bop, a jazz form that hadn't been fully formed yet. The first bebop guitar solo recorded in a studio would come three years later, on February 9, 1945 when Dizzy Gillespie led a sextet on two tracks for Guild Records. The guitarist on the date was Chuck Wayne, who today is more closely associated with the George Shearing Quintet and Tony Bennett's early records

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These Are My Roots: Clifford Jordan Plays Leadbelly

Label: Pure Pleasure
Released: 2021
Track listing: Side One: Dick’s Holler; Silver City Bound; Take This Hammer; Black Betty; The Highest Mountain. Side Two: Goodnight Irene; De Gray Goose; Black Girl; Jolly O The Ransom; Yellow Girl.

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Article: Album Review

Clifford Jordan: These Are My Roots: Clifford Jordan Plays Leadbelly

Read "These Are My Roots: Clifford Jordan Plays Leadbelly" reviewed by Chris May


These Are My Roots: Clifford Jordan Plays Leadbelly is an oft overlooked item in the canon of tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, whose chef d'oeuvre was undoubtedly Glass Bead Games (Strata-East, 1974), one of the most exalted jazz albums of its era. But These Are My Roots, which was originally released on Atlantic in 1965 and has ...

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Article: Album Review

Johnsen / Sahlander / Moen: Second Time's The Charm

Read "Second Time's The Charm" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Bernt Moen's second trio strike with bassist Fredrik Sahlander and drummer Geir Age Johnsen is a balanced set of a few atmospheric Moen originals and well-known standards. Like on predecessor 1+1=3 (Losen Records, 2020), Second Time's The Charm sees the players interpret standards loosely, adding modern influences and physical interplay to popular melodies that sometimes venture ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun's Atlantic Records differs in one key respect from Prestige, Riverside, Impulse!, Strata-East and Flying Dutchman, the most prominent labels covered so far in this Building A Jazz Library series. Those labels' discographies consist almost exclusively of jazz. Atlantic had parallel interests in soul and rhythm-and-blues and, later, rock. This had consequences, as ...

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Chuck Wayne in 11 Clips

Chuck Wayne in 11 Clips

Fleet-fingered and an ear for the saxophone, Chuck Wayne was one of the first guitarists to play bebop. He recorded with Joe Marsala and Dizzy Gillespie in January 1945 and then with the Gillespie Sextet in February on Groovin' High and Blue 'n' Boogie with Dexter Gordon. He also was in Woody Herman's First Herd in ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet John Reilly

Read "Meet John Reilly" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


John Reilly--yet another of our Super Fans who works for the city of New York--was born on Staten Island, where he still lives. We don't know if it's something to do with working for the city, or just a function of growing up in the capital of jazz, but John is the real thing. The son ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Michael Francis Zinna

Read "Take Five With Michael Francis Zinna" reviewed by Michael Francis Zinna


Meet Michael Francis Zinna:60 years old. Grew up in New York and Long Island. Loved the guitar the first time I heard it. Growing up in New York, jazz was all around. My first epiphany came with the great blues renaissance of the 1960s. Then I heard Wes Montgomery and people like Barney Kesseland ...

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Article: Year in Review

2012: The Year in Jazz

Read "2012: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The world of jazz officially went global in 2012, kicked the Grammy Awards in the shins, dealt with economic issues and Mother Nature, and found new ways to innovate in this social media and Internet-savvy age. There were ups and there were downs for both longstanding clubs and festivals, too. Here's a look at ...

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News: Music Industry

'Solar' Wasn't by Miles Davis

'Solar' Wasn't by Miles Davis

Who wrote what and when? This question pops up often when jazz fans try to figure out who composed their favorite jazz standards. And like most lamppost shadows that form in the dead of night, nothing is as it seems. For example, Richard Carpenter is credited as the composer of Walkin'. Yet little is known about ...


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