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Don Grolnick

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Don Grolnick was a subtle and rather underrated pianist throughout his career, but his flexibility and talents were well known to his fellow musicians. Grolnick played in rock bands while a teenager but was always interested in jazz. He worked in the early fusion group Dreams (1969-1971), the Brecker Brothers (starting in 1975), and in the early '80s with Steps Ahead. He has long been a busy session musician often utilized by pop singers. In the 1980s, Grolnick appeared in many settings including with Joe Farrell, George Benson, Peter Erskine, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Mike Stern and the Bob Mintzer big band

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Early Miles Electric music, Bill Laswell Remixes and '80s Jazz Fusion

Read "Early Miles Electric music, Bill Laswell Remixes and '80s Jazz Fusion" reviewed by Len Davis


We begin with some early electric Miles Davis from The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions. Bill Laswell remix of The Music Of Miles Davis. And we explore music from the '80s with Jasper Van't Hof Live In Montreaux, Mike Mainier, The Brecker Brothers and Don Grolnick.Playlist Miles Davis “Splashdown" from The Complete In ...

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Article: Album Review

Charged Particles: Live at the Baked Potato!

Read "Live at the Baked Potato!" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


The late tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker was held in the highest regard by fellow saxophonists, while at the same time being seen as far too eclectic to be part of the jazz pantheon (due in no small part to his sideman work in rock and pop). This album focuses on Brecker as composer, spanning three decades ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Ode to a Tenor Titan

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The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8, “Going Solo, The Pittbull and The EWI" from Bill Milkowski's Ode to a Tenor Titan: The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker (Backbeat Books, 2022). By early 1986, Michael began formulating plans for his long-overdue solo debut. He was 37, a universally respected ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Mark Murphy: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Mark Murphy: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Peter Jones


Revered by jazz singers the world over, Mark Murphy is barely known to the general public--which is curious, since he enjoyed a recording career that lasted more than half a century, made 48 albums in his lifetime, and played thousands of gigs with hundreds of musicians from Norway to Australia. A notoriously mercurial and secretive character, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Returned to Forever: The Chick Corea's Songbook, Part 1

Read "Returned to Forever: The Chick Corea's Songbook, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We celebrate the legacy of the late Chick Corea with his countless recordings as a leader or sideman, a body of compositions that have already expanded the jazz canon and will continue to do so in the coming years. In this first part of the programme we'll focus in particular on his “Spanish Heart" and his ...

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Article: Interview

Essential Michael Brecker

Read "Essential Michael Brecker" reviewed by Jason West


This article was originally published at All About Jazz in November 1999. Michael Brecker's contributions to music are generous and, like the pregnant ideas that flow from his tenor horn, they continue to grow. At 50, the saxophonist has found acceptance in a wide variety of musical settings, having performed with pop stars like ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand

Read "Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand" reviewed by Jim Worsley


The life and times of guitarist extraordinaire Steve Khan stretch through a high volume of evolving chapters that fuse together like the passages of a finely crafted arrangement. An expansive conversation with Khan touched on a variety of memories. Still, this is perhaps the Reader's Digest version of the seventy-three years old musician and composer's remarkable ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Free Association - Vol. 2 with Michael Blake

Read "Free Association - Vol. 2 with Michael Blake" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Free Association is a series of collaborative mixtapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with musicians and selectors of various origins. Free Association mixtapes develop as a conversation. The first selector sends a tune cherry-picked to suit, and ideally surprise, the second selector who then, in turn, returns the favor. ...

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Article: Profile

Jazz Heritage Radio Broadcasts 2019 Highpoint for USAF Airmen of Note

Read "Jazz Heritage Radio Broadcasts 2019 Highpoint for USAF Airmen of Note" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 You may be surprised to learn that one of the best big bands on the 2019 jazz circuit in made up of musicians who simultaneously serve in the US Air Force. But as you hear on their Jazz Heritage Series 2019 Radio Broadcasts with guest artists ...


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