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Joe Mondragon

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A versatile and supportive bassist, Joe Mondragon appeared with the who's who of jazz during a two-decade period. Self-taught on bass, Mondragon started out working locally in Los Angeles. After serving in the Army, he was with Woody Herman's First Herd in 1946. He then went into the studios, working with a countless number of top musicians and singers (mostly on the West Coast). Among his many associations on record were June Christy, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Buddy Rich, Buddy DeFranco, Marty Paich, Claude Williamson and many others. Mondragon, who recorded the Duke Ellington Songbook with Ella Fitzgerald from 1956-57, was a fixture in the studios; among the more jazz-oriented soundtracks for films that he appeared on were The Wild One and Pete Kelly's Blues

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Chet Baker: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Get Lost In

Read "Chet Baker: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Get Lost In" reviewed by Chris May


Chet Baker was born to a farmer's daughter and a hard-drinking, weed-smoking singer and guitarist in a Western Swing band in Yale, Oklahoma in 1929. Like many Okies, the family fared badly during the Great Depression but did a little better after moving to Glendale, California in 1939. Largely self-taught as a trumpeter, Baker honed his ...

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Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums

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Jazz and the movies have a shared history stretching back almost a hundred years. The relationship came into its own in the US in the mid twentieth century. Elia Kazan's 1950 movie Panic In The Streets is an early example of how film makers used jazz-based soundtracks to enhance drama and atmosphere and create ambiances of ...

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Andre Previn: Four Classic Albums

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Andre PrevinFour Classic AlbumsAvid Group 2011 Andre Previn may not be as well known as fellow West Coast pianists Vince Guaraldi and Dave Brubeck, but he nevertheless created a respectable body of work, mostly as a trio with drummer Shelly Manne, with whom he created a series ...

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Deck the Halls with Big Band Carols

Read "Deck the Halls with Big Band Carols" reviewed by Jack Bowers


With the holiday season on track and hastening toward us like a runaway locomotive, it's time once again to hunker down and prepare for the annual onslaught of “Rudolph," “Frosty the Snowman," “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," “Sleigh Ride," “Silver Bells," chestnuts roasting on an open fire and everyone's perennial favorite, “White Christmas." Not to ...

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Chet Baker and Strings

Label: Columbia Records
Released: 1998
Track listing: You Don't Know What Love Is, I'm Thru With Love, Love Walked In, You Better Go Now, I Married and Angel, Love, I Love You, What a Diff'rence a Day Makes, Why Shouldn't I, A Little Duet for Zoot and Chet, The Wind, Trickleydidlier, You Don't Know What Love is (Alt), You Better Go Now (Alt), A Little Duet for Zoot and Chet, The Wind (Alt).


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