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Lem Winchester

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Lem Winchester had great potential as a vibraphonist but it was all cut short by a tragic accident. Influenced by Milt Jackson but developing a sound of his own, Winchester actually played tenor, baritone, and piano before choosing to stick exclusively to vibes. A police officer in Wilmington, Delaware, he made a big impression at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and was soon recording regularly with such major players as Oliver Nelson, Benny Golson, and Tommy Flanagan. Winchester resigned from the police force in 1960 to be a musician full-time, but then on January 13, 1961, he unsuccessfully demonstrated a trick with a revolver.

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Article: Record Label Profile

More Fresh Sounds From Fresh Sound

Read "More Fresh Sounds From Fresh Sound" reviewed by Bruce Klauber


The Fresh Sound record label has released another superb batch of late 1950s and early 1960s recordings by jazz legends, greats, near-greats and now obscure artists who, then and now, deserve wider recognition. As detailed in previous pieces, Fresh Sound is the only organization out there issuing these essential works, which otherwise would remain lost.

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Article: Profile

Matthew Shipp: Shipp Shape

Read "Matthew Shipp: Shipp Shape" reviewed by Chris Rich


Pianist Matthew Shipp is very keenly attuned to the details and nuances of what has to be the most forlorn and anemic environment imaginable for anything a sensible person would call business. Think of it as the sort of business ecosystem that resembles the least habitable places on earth, say a fumarole at the bottom of ...

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Article: Interview

Joe Locke: Versatile Vibes Master

Read "Joe Locke: Versatile Vibes Master" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Jazz has a history of inclusiveness, accepting the influences of music from around the globe. It also knows no boundaries when it comes to instrumentation, accommodating all kinds of axes if they are played in the spirit of jazz. Rufus Harley even brought the unlikely bagpipes into the lexicon, playing the sound of surprise on the ...

Album

With Feeling

Label: Prestige Records
Released: 1999

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Article: Album Review

Lem Winchester: With Feeling

Read "With Feeling" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Lem Winchester is among the many jazz musicians who died much too young. In 1960, the vibraphonist left his “day gig" as a police officer to play jazz full time and showed great promise. But tragically, his life ended on January 13, 1961, when he unsuccessfully showed friends a trick with a revolver and blew himself ...

Album

Lem's Beat

Label: Original Jazz Classics
Released: 1991

Album

With Feeling

Label: Original Jazz Classics
Released: 1961


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