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Dave Brubeck

Brubeck's mother studied piano in England and intended to become a concert pianist; at home she taught piano for extra money. Brubeck was not particularly interested in learning by any particular method, but preferred to create his own melodies, and therefore avoided learning to read sheet music. In college Brubeck was nearly expelled when one of his professors discovered that he could not read sheet music. Several of his professors came forward arguing for his ability with counterpoint and harmony, but the school was still afraid that it would cause a scandal, and only agreed to let Brubeck graduate once he promised never to teach piano

Khruangbin: The Sly Art of Containment

Read "Khruangbin: The Sly Art of Containment" reviewed by Alan Bryson

It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb, “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers the tastes and sensibilities of the other person. The “So You Don't Like Jazz" ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Sylvie's Love

Read "Sylvie's Love" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Sylvie's Love Iam21 Entertainment/Seven Letter Word Films; distributed by Amazon Studios Director: Eugene Ashe Run Time: 114 minutes 2020 Sylvie's Love represents the new paradigm of film production. Produced by traditional film producers, and originally presented at the Sundance Film Festival, the film's main distribution has been online via ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Paul Shinn, Dave Brubeck & Junior Mance

Read "Paul Shinn, Dave Brubeck & Junior Mance" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The first tune on the 686th Episode of Neon Jazz comes from a Kansas City pianist Paul Shinn live from the Green Lady Lounge in 2015. That begins a theme of Kansas City-based artists throughout the line-up of songs to celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs reaching Super Bowl 55. We also pay proper respects to Junior ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Notable and Nearly Missed 2020

Read "Notable and Nearly Missed 2020" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The strange year that was 2020 yielded, reluctantly, re-issued and previously unissued recordings from across the spectrum of music and ain't it fine to have such to consider. The value of such recordings lay in their function in pointing to the musical future we presently inhabit. They fill in the blank spaces between then and now. ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Archival Finds: Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans and Chet Baker

Read "Archival Finds: Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans and Chet Baker" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Here are three releases of newly discovered material by iconic jazz musicians from the '50s and '60s. Two fall in line with the leaders' established legacies while the third presents its subject in surprising company. The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time OutTakes Brubeck Editions 2020 This CD consists ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Walter White: BB XL

Read "BB XL" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Born in a musical family near Detroit and classically trained at Juilliard, trumpet and flugelhorn player Walter White keeps a hectic schedule as leader of Atlantic Bridge, the Walter White Jazz Quartet, Walter White & Small Medium @ Large, and of the fusion ensemble IFUNU; as a member of the Beige Trio; and as lead trumpet ...

Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti

Read "Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Bahama Soul Club Bohemia After Dawn Buyú Records 2020 Soulful original music laced with judicious and striking samples, Bohemia After Dawn serves a textbook example of music that packs an impact larger than the sum of its parts. Written, arranged, produced and performed by Oliver Belz ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks And The Art Of Vocal Jazz

Read "This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks And The Art Of Vocal Jazz" reviewed by Ian Patterson

This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks And The Art Of Vocal Jazz Peter Jones 263 Pages ISBN: 978 1 78179 874 4 Equinox Publishing 2020 Few are the jazz singers accorded the fanfare usually reserved for the music's great instrumentalists. Jon Hendricks was one, taking scat and vocalese to unprecedented ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Christmas Slanket

Read "Christmas Slanket" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

We've been looking at various critic's and website's “best jazz of the 2010's" lists, but now the listeners get to weigh in. Their Mike loves him some holiday jazz specials, so in honor of Christ coming to earth, realizing it was a lost cause, and leaving before he even hit forty, we're looking at five Christmas-themed ...


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