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Article: Album Review

Clifford Lamb: Blues & Hues New Orleans

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There are quite a few cities in the world that have an important musical legacy, and in many cases, the city's musical history might be one of the first things people associate with it. Take New Orleans. Commonly known as the birthplace of jazz, it's hard to imagine New Orleans without conjuring up brass bands, jazz ...

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Article: Film Review

The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency To Legacy

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There are plenty of fictional stories about utopian societies where life is good and everybody gets along. Of course, the word utopia literally means “no place," suggesting that an actual utopia is nothing more than an illusion, but that hasn't stopped people from trying. Although there are many utopian societies that didn't work, there are a ...

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Will Lyle: L.A. Source Codes

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For computer programmers, a source code is a piece of computer language, which they are able to read and transfer and put to use in a practical way. With his debut album, L.A. Source Codes, bassist Will Lyle makes a connection between this concept and jazz. As with computer programming, jazz has its own language, and ...

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Will Bernard: Ancient Grains

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In the culinary world, ancient grains is a term used to describe grains that have been virtually unchanged for centuries but are often used in modern recipes. Will Bernard uses this idea as a metaphor in his album Ancient Grains. The basic concept is that the instruments used in this recording, such as guitars, organ, amplifiers ...

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Article: Book Review

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

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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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Pamai Chirdkiatisak: Dreamer

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Some musical rites of passage happen so often they are somewhat universal. Take for example a kid who hears rock music for the first time, becomes interested in playing guitar, and dreams of becoming a professional musician. While many people experience this exact same scenario, few actually see their dream come to fruition. For those who ...

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Arbenz, Mehari, Veras: Conversation #1: Condensed

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One of the most appealing aspects in jazz is the interplay among musicians in a group. There is usually a continuous musical conversation occurring during any given session, which adds an element of spontaneity. Swiss drummer Florian Arbenz is concentrating on this concept of conversation in his upcoming releases, beginning with Conversation #1: Condensed.

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Dennis Winge: What are the Odds?

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Even though a lot of recorded music relies on “comfort zone" time signatures like 4/4 or 3/4, many musicians still like exploring more unusual time signatures. Probably the most notable example of this rhythmic experimentation is Dave Brubeck's landmark 1959 album Time Out (Columbia). Considering that this is one of the most popular albums in jazz ...

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Behn Gillece: Still Doing Our Thing

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2020 was an unusual year to say the least, much in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resulted in global restrictions, causing people to make drastic changes in everyday life. The situation was particularly challenging for musicians. For one thing, live performances were on hiatus, creating new problems for players who relied on performing live. ...

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Christopher Burnett: The Standards, Vol. 1

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Modern jazz can certainly take a variety of different forms, but standards still remain the foundation for many players. With The Standards Vol. 1, Christopher Burnett brings modern and traditional elements together in an excellent meeting. His approach is to bring a traditional approach to each song, whether it's a well-loved favorite or an original composition. ...


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