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Guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Born Johnny Allen Hendrix (later changed to James Marshall) on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington. Learning to play guitar as a teenager, Hendrix grew up to become a rock guitar legend. He began his career by playing in a number of bands in his youth. Hendrix later enlisted in the United States Army in 1961 and became as a paratrooper. Even as a soldier, Hendrix found time for music, creating a band named The King Casuals. He served in the army until 1965 when he was discharged because of an injury. After leaving the military, Hendrix pursued his music, working as a session musician and playing backup for such performers as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, and the Isley Brothers

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Article: Live Review

Otis Taylor at Dazzle

Read "Otis Taylor at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Otis Taylor Dazzle Denver, Colorado May 16, 2024 Electric banjo? Check. Cello? Check. Synthesizer? Check. A couple of electric guitars and an electric bass? Check. OK, Otis Taylor is ready to play some blues. No, it's not the typical instrumentation for a blues show. But Otis Taylor doesn't put on ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Mandolinist Joe Brent

Read "Take Five With Mandolinist Joe Brent" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Joe Brent Called, “one of the truly exceptional musicians of his generation," a mandolinist about whom it has been said, “there has never been a mandolinist with greater technical skills," and a composer whose music, “touches and communicates the essence of what it means to be an alive, feeling human being," Joe Brent has forged ...

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Article: Album Review

Sol Sol: Almost All Things Considered

Read "Almost All Things Considered" reviewed by Chris May


Ever since the untimely passing of the pianist Esbjörn Svensson in 2008, and the consequent diminution of his trio's radio-friendly but lightweight style, Sweden's then predominant place in Scandinavian jazz has ceded ground to Norway. So, anyway, do the results of a statistically totally invalid survey of observers in this parish suggest. But ...

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Article: Book Review

Moving Music: The Memoirs Of Rikki Stein

Read "Moving Music: The Memoirs Of Rikki Stein" reviewed by Chris May


Moving Music: The Memoirs Of Rikki Stein Rikki Stein 304 Pages ISBN: 9781739103095 Wordville Press2024 The autobiography of Rikki Stein--longtime friend and manager of Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti, and a key player in the historic meeting between Ornette Coleman and the Master Musicians of Joujouka, among much, much ...

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Article: Album Review

Elephant9: Mythical River

Read "Mythical River" reviewed by Chris May


Although Elephant9's plugged-in lineage includes the usual suspects--Miles Davis' electric bands and Soft Machine--the Norwegian organ trio's tap root is unmistakably planted in the work of the late British musician Keith Emerson, keyboards player with the Nice in the late 1960s and Emerson Lake & Palmer from 1970. For his own snarling jazz-rock oeuvre, Emerson's favoured ...

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Article: Album Review

Brian Bromberg: LaFaro

Read "LaFaro" reviewed by Joshua Weiner


As much as one can appreciate the astonishing stylistic breadth of music that is gathered under the banner of “jazz" today, for many listeners there remains nothing like a supremely swinging straight-ahead date for listening pleasure. For those folks, Brian Bromberg's gorgeous new album LaFaro delivers on many levels: musicianship, sound quality, thematic cohesion and classic ...

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Article: Live Review

Joel Frahm Trio At Scott's Jazz Club

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Joel Frahm Trio Scott's Jazz Club jny:Belfast, N. Ireland April 12, 2024 Another sold-out gig. It is not an uncommon occurrence at Scott's Jazz Club. Yet this was no ordinary occasion for Ballyhackamore's award-winning venue. For starters, the Joel Frahm Trio was in the house. Scott's Jazz Club has attracted ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Didier Lockwood, Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck, Alan Holdsworth and Piere Moerlens Gong

Read "Didier Lockwood, Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck, Alan Holdsworth and Piere Moerlens Gong" reviewed by Len Davis


Didier Lockwood, Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer, Brian Bromberg plays Jimi Hendrix and drummer {Bill Bruford}} David Sancious, Pier Moerlens' Gong, Jaco Pastorius, Steve Grossman and Billy Cobham.Playlist Didier Lockwood “Fast Travel" from Live at Montreaux (MPS) 00:00 Jeff Beck Group “You Never Know" from Live at Hollywood Bowl (Eagle Vision) 09:58 Jan Hammer-Jeff ...

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Article: Rethinking Jazz Cultures

Walter van de Leur: Jazz & Death, Part 1—A Closer Walk With Thee

Read "Walter van de Leur: Jazz & Death, Part 1—A Closer Walk With Thee" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Part 1 | Part 2 What is jazz? Beacon of the oppressed; music of jny: New Orleans bordellos; popular dance music; revolutionary music; high-art music with an established cannon; progressive music that absorbs and grows; hermetic traditional music... Jazz has always meant different things to different people. Even the term 'jazz' is ...


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