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Frank Zappa

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Frank Vincent Zappa was born on 21 December 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. His parents were second-generation Sicilian Greeks, the family had arabian and french origins too. His father played "strolling crooner" guitar. At the age of 12 Frank, who had relocated to California with his family, became interested in drums, learning orchestral percussion at summer school in Monterey. In high school he had some more harmony training because he was an unruly senior, and was given permission to take some harmony classes "to occupy his mind with". In fact, he found the training very boring. The first time he had any of his music performed was at Mount St

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Article: Extended Analysis

The First Generation 1965-1974

Read "The First Generation 1965-1974" reviewed by John Kelman


What do guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Jon Mark, Harvey Mandel and Freddy Robinson, reed/woodwind multi-instrumentalists John Almond, Ray Warleigh, Alan Skidmore, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Red Holloway and Ernie Watts, bassists John McVie, Jack Bruce, Andy Fraser, Tony Reeves, Stephen Thompson and Larry Taylor, drummers Mick Fleetwood, Keef Hartley, Aynsley Dunbar, Jon Hiseman and Collin ...

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Article: Interview

Logan Richardson: To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before

Read "Logan Richardson:  To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before" reviewed by Chris May


In a 2016 interview, jny: Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Logan Richardson said: “Jazz will constantly change because there's constantly a new us, new times. There will always be a fight from the conformists--but they don't represent where the tradition is coming from." Richardson was talking not long after the release of his adventurous Blue Note album, ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Zakir Hussain: The Best Jazz / Crossover Albums

Read "Zakir Hussain: The Best  Jazz / Crossover Albums" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Zakir Hussain turned 70 on March 9th. In an unparalleled career, which began in earnest aged 7, the man widely acclaimed as the world's greatest tabla player has played with the giants of both Indian classical music and jazz. It is hard to think of another musician who has straddled both worlds to such a prominent ...

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Article: Radio

Me So Zorny

Read "Me So Zorny" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Pat got a four-LP set from John Zorn's Tzadik label and thought an episode catching up with recent events in the Zorniverse might be a good idea. Mike thought the title of this episode was a good idea. Brace yourselves. All four albums feature Zorn the composer, while only one features Zorn the alto saxophonist and ...

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Article: Album Review

Logan Richardson: AfroFuturism

Read "AfroFuturism" reviewed by Chris May


In a 2016 interview, Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Logan Richardson said: “Jazz will constantly change because there's constantly a new us, new times. There will always be a fight from the conformists--but they don't represent where the tradition is coming from." Richardson was talking not long after the release of his adventurous Blue Note album, Shift. ...

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Article: Interview

Daniele Sepe, tra jazz, Zappa e la pirateria

Read "Daniele Sepe, tra jazz, Zappa e la pirateria" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Non è la prima volta che su queste pagine intervistiamo Daniele Sepe; del resto il musicista partenopeo è saldamente sulla scena dai primi anni Novanta, sempre mescolando ogni genere musicale—dal folk alla classica, dal jazz a ogni “nuovo ritmo" affacciatosi sulla scena giovanile—e inventandosi spesso formazioni e spettacoli che vanno oltre la sola musica, attingendo al ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Di Zappa di più

Read "Di Zappa di più" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Sono passati 27 anni da quando Frank Zappa ci ha prematuramente lasciato, ma la sua figura di musicista è ben lontana dall'essere dimenticata, o anche semplicemente messa da parte. Questo sicuramente anche grazie all'attività dei figli Dweezil e Ahmet, il primo con i tour mondiali della sua band Zappa plays Zappa dedicata alla musica del padre, ...

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Article: Album Review

Lyle Workman: Uncommon Measures

Read "Uncommon Measures" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


If there's a major takeaway to be had from listening to guitarist Lyle Workman's Uncommon Measures, it's the palpable sense that all of his impressive musical experience has been poured into it. And to that end, Workman certainly doesn't bury the lead. The epic opening track “North Star" can single-handedly make sense of Workman's entire decades-long ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Saxophone Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums

Read "Saxophone  Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Miles Davis once said you could tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker. You might want to add John Coltrane, you might even want to add Davis. But however you cut it, saxophones and trumpets have been the flag bearers of the music. Trumpets got things rolling and saxophones came into ...


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