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No tenor saxophonist better epitomizes the robust muscularity of that heavyweight instrument of jazz expression than George Coleman. With brilliant technique and a deeply soulful tone firmly rooted in his hometown of Memphis, George has performed with many of jazz’ most legendary figures and influenced countless saxophonists during his half century in music. Growing up in Memphis’ rich musical environment of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, alongside such notables as Booker Little, Harold Mabern, Frank Strozier, Jamil Nasser, Hank Crawford, Phineas Newborn Jr., and blues immortal B.B. King, Coleman began to teach himself to play the alto saxophone in 1950, upon being profoundly affected by the music of Charlie Parker. So prodigious was his talent that George was soon performing locally and in 1952, at the age of 17, was invited to tour with B.B

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Article: Book Review

Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972

Read "Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972 Carolyn Glenn Brewer 266 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-57441-823-1 University of North Texas Press 2021 Although Pat Metheny is in many aspects a global citizen, he is first and foremost a native of Missouri. His midwestern-American background and influences appear in ...

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Article: Album Review

Tim Mayer: Keeper of the Flame

Read "Keeper of the Flame" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Keeper of the Flame, Tim Mayer, a Bostonian who now calls Mexico home, leads a sharp, swinging group of like-minded amigos on a (mostly) octet studio date enriched by Diego Rivera's colorful arrangements. Mayer plays tenor sax on half a dozen tracks, soprano sax on “Bye Bye Blackbird" and “Get Organized," alto flute on “Elusive." ...

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Article: Radio

Cooking with Coleman

Read "Cooking with Coleman" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


In honor of a Record Store Day release of In Baltimore, we decided to devote an episode to tenor saxophonist George Coleman, who served tours of duty with Max Roach, Elvin Jones, and Miles Davis among others. The focus is on his mid-sixties to early seventies work as we ponder George's strengths and weaknesses and whether ...

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Article: Radio

Eric Revis, Billy Higgins & Rob Scheps

Read "Eric Revis, Billy Higgins & Rob Scheps" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 696th Episode of Neon Jazz with bassist Eric Revis and a track from his 2020 release Slipknots Through a Looking Glass. We take a closer look at the musicians who made made 2020 a fantastic year for new jazz releases with Ron Miles, Jen Hodge and Ben Rosenblum. We also listen to a ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: George Coleman

Jazz Musician of the Day: George Coleman

All About Jazz is celebrating George Coleman's birthday today! No tenor saxophonist better epitomizes the robust muscularity of that heavyweight instrument of jazz expression than George Coleman. With brilliant technique and a deeply soulful tone firmly rooted in his hometown of Memphis, George has performed with many of jazz’ most legendary figures and influenced countless saxophonists ...

Album

I'd Prefer

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: You Really Don’t Care; A Christmas Song; I’d Prefer; Together Again; Miss Maritza; Your Laugh; New York City; Out Front Blues.

Album

In Baltimore

Label: Reel To Real
Released: 2020
Track listing: Side One: Afternoon In Paris; Sandu. Side Two: I Got Rhythm; Body And Soul; Joy Spring.

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Article: Radio

Bassisterhood - Companion Mixtape

Read "Bassisterhood - Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Straight-ahead to experimental, electric or acoustic, funky or bluesy, instrumental or with vocals, these female bass players cover the whole low-end gamut with their fascinating projects. This mixtape is a fun-filled companion to the two parts of our show “Bassisterhood" (click here for Part 1 and Part 2). Happy listening!


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