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James Brown - American Icon (1933 - 2006) James Brown was and will always be a true legend in every sense of the word. He will be missed by millions but his influence on music, culture and the countless number of lives he touched will carry on for decades to come. Mr. James Brown's dynamic showmanship remains timeless. His style has been celebrated throughout generations. As one of the most sampled artists to date, he has more honors attached to his name than any other performer in music history. Mr. Brown is a three-figure hitmaker with 114 total entries on Billboard's R&B singles charts and 94 that made the Hot 100 singles chart

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Article: Album Review

Shuffle Demons: All In

Read "All In" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


There aren't too many bands still standing from back when Shuffle Demons first performed in 1984. Their tenth recording, All In features three saxophonists-- tenors Kelly Jefferson and Matt Lagan plus Richard Underhill on alto and baritone--plus acoustic bassist Mike Downes and drummer Stich Wynston tearing through ten new originals. With no chord instruments (piano, guitar) ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Demons and Wizards, June Bugs and Jakarta

Read "Demons and Wizards, June Bugs and Jakarta" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Hermeto Pascoal Planetario Da Gavea Far Out Recordings 2022 Planetario Da Gavea is an enormous, sprawling document from a February 1981 outdoor performance series by Brazilian jazz wizard Hermeto Pascoal recorded under the stars in the Gávea neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, within the dome of ...

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Article: Interview

Tom "Bones" Malone: Amazing Career That's One In A Million, Part 1

Read "Tom "Bones" Malone: Amazing Career That's One In A Million, Part 1" reviewed by Matthew Alec


Part 1 | Part 2 World-famous trombonist and multi-instrumentalist Tom “Bones" Malone talks about his incredible career spanning Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers, Gil Evans, Frank Zappa, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, The Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Late Show with David Letterman, and so much more with All About Jazz contributor and saxophonist Matthew ...

Article: My Favourite Things

Simone Alessandrini e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Simone Alessandrini e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Credo sia l'aspetto melodico. Almeno per ora... La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La sincerità musicale, il coraggio di mostrare le proprie idee e non essere compiacenti. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice

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Article: Album Review

Dave Hartl: "Tales from the Plague"

Read ""Tales from the Plague"" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Dave Hartl “Tales of the Plague" Self-Produced 2021 Dave Hartl stretches his prowess on keyboards and many other instruments across several different ensembles in and around Philadelphia, PA: A quartet supporting a vocalist, a Linda Ronstadt tribute/review, a jazz-funk group (Musical Collusion, which also includes saxophonist ...

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Article: Profile

Beyond Afrobeat: Kokoroko's World of Black Music

Read "Beyond Afrobeat: Kokoroko's World of Black Music" reviewed by Peter Jones


London-based octet Kokoroko has been led by trumpeter-vocalist Sheila Maurice-Grey since she formed it in 2014 with percussionist Onome Edgeworth. The band's original idea was to update Afrobeat for a 21st century audience, inspired by the likes of Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen, and Fela Kuti. It was the extraordinary public reaction to their first release--a single ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Monsters from the Jazzlab

Read "Monsters from the Jazzlab" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Rodrigo Almonte Distancia Odradek Records 2021 “Every piece of music on Distancia is an honest representation of a pilgrimage of different distances that I had to walk, musically and geographically speaking, in order to find inspiration and to create a representation of myself as a musical ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Stewart: Ain't No Funk In Iowa

Read "Bill Stewart: Ain't No Funk In Iowa" reviewed by Mike Brannon


This article was first published at All About Jazz in May 2002. Upon joining The John Scofield group in the mid '80s it seemed like drummer Bill Stewart just appeared out of nowhere. Of course, Scofield and Stewart did a number of tours and studio dates together while word got around about Stewart's unique ...

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Article: The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised

MONK! Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution

Read "MONK!  Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution" reviewed by William H. Snyder


Introduction A butterfly met a monk in 1954. In the wake of an almost 30 year friendship they left behind some of the best music of the 20th century—Thelonious Monk the creator, Pannonica de Koenigswarter an enabler. The story of their friendship has been told before, but never quite in this way. Youssef Daoudi is the ...


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