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Eric Kloss

Eric Kloss is a world renowned alto and tenor saxophonist, a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, composer, clinician, educator, and television personality. Blind from birth music became his vision. A true child prodigy he performed with his mentor Sonny Stitt at age 12. Backed by jazz guitarist Pat Martino, his recording career began at age 16 with the release of “Introducing Eric Kloss”. Blending hard bob, be-bop, pop, rock, funk, free jazz, classical and world music, he went on to release 22 critically acclaimed recordings on the Prestige and Muse labels. A who’s who of jazz masters appeared as sidemen on his albums including Gerald Veasley, Barry Miles, Don Patterson, Jaki Byard, Gil Goldstein, Richard Davis, Alan Dawson, Cedar Walton, Jimmy Owens, Kenny Barron, Booker Ervin, Leroy Vinnegar, Billy Higgins, Kenny Barron, Bob Cranshaw, and Alan Dawson

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Vic Juris: Tension and Release

Read "Vic Juris: Tension and Release" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This article was first published at All About Jazz on July 28, 2009. Vic Juris is one of the premier jazz guitarists in the business today. Perhaps less known than some of his peers, he is nevertheless admired by all of them and has accumulated, since his emergence on the scene in the 1970s, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Pittsburgh Celebrates the Guitar with "Four on Six" at Alphabet City

Read "Pittsburgh Celebrates the Guitar with "Four on Six" at Alphabet City" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

For countless bluesmen, rockers, and bossa players, the guitar is the path to jazz; that trail was blazed as early as the 1920s by practitioners such as Eddie Durham, Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt, and Charlie Christian. For Pittsburgh guitarist Mark Strickland, it was Kenny Burrell's Midnight Blue (Blue Note, 1963) that first sparked his interest in ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jazz is Mod: An Introduction to the Mod Jazz Series

Read "Jazz is Mod: An Introduction to the Mod Jazz Series" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In England there is a solid tradition for crate digging and appreciation of American music. In fact, the whole idea of Northern Soul is based on the concept of English hipsters digging out rare soul gems in the sixties and giving them new life on the dance floor. However, the English mod scene, as it was ...

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Eric Kloss: A Soulful Start

Eric Kloss: A Soulful Start

When Eric Kloss recorded Introducing Eric Kloss at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., in September 1965 he couldn't drive. For one, he was blind since birth. For another, he was just 16. But Kloss could blow, as evidenced by his sidemen: Don Patterson (org), Pat Martino (g) and Billy James (d),  Born in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper

Read "Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Jazz alto saxophonist Richie Cole wants to reach out to you, whether you are the mayor of a highly popular tourist city or just a guy dropping over for a couple of beers. “I play for people," says Cole. “People are all the same. If they understand or want to understand jazz, I welcome ...

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Newest ARC Members Cover Broad Demographic of Talent

Newest ARC Members Cover Broad Demographic of Talent

2010 has seen a continual growth of the Artists Recording Collective roster of member artists and producers. ARC includes GRAMMY winners and musicians who create high quality and thoughtful work of most all styles across the entire jazz spectrum. Two exciting young artists, saxophonist, Anthony E. Nelson, Jr. and guitarist, Dan Arcamone have joined ARC. These ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joe Locke: Versatile Vibes Master

Read "Joe Locke: Versatile Vibes Master" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Jazz has a history of inclusiveness, accepting the influences of music from around the globe. It also knows no boundaries when it comes to instrumentation, accommodating all kinds of axes if they are played in the spirit of jazz. Rufus Harley even brought the unlikely bagpipes into the lexicon, playing the sound of surprise on the ...

First Class!

Label: Prestige Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: 1. A Day In the Life of a Fool 2. Repeat 3. SLow Hot Wind 4. Gentle One 5. Grits and Gravy 6. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise 7. You Don't Know What Love Is 8. Milestones 9. When I Fall In Love 10. Psychedelicatessen Rag 11. Comin' Home Baby 12. The Chasin' Game 13. One For Marianne 14. Chitlins Con Carne 15. Walkin' 16. African Cookbook.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eric Kloss: First Class!

Read "First Class!" reviewed by David Rickert

The people at Prestige knew they had something special when they discovered Eric Kloss; here was a blind teenager who had grown up studying all the musical styles of the fifties and sixties and had the chops and ideas to hang with the best of them. To that end, the record label quickly recorded Kloss in ...


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