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Les Paul is a unique blend of musician and inventor. His performing career started at the age of 13 and by the early 1950s he was the greatest jazz guitarist of his generation. As an inventor, Les Paul's breakthrough creation of the solid-body electric guitar paved the way for electric music made the sound of rock and roll possible. In 1953 while performing with Bing Crosby, he perfected the first multi- track recording machine, allowing separate lines of instrumental music and vocals to be blended together. His many recording innovations--including sound-on-sound, overdubbing, reverb effects, and multi-tracking--greatly accelerated the advancement of studio recording. One of the most influential figures in the development of modern music-making, Les Paul developed an interest in both music and electronics very early in his life

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Article: Book Review

The Extraordinary Journey Of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography

Read "The Extraordinary Journey Of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography Jason Miles 311 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-955901-13-0 Book Writing Cube 2022 Some musicians are often better known for what they can do rather than what they can play. Take Les Paul for example. Although he was an excellent musician in ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Lennie Tristano Personal Recordings, 1946-1970

Read "Lennie Tristano Personal Recordings, 1946-1970" reviewed by Peter Rubie


They called it the Cool School, but what's in a name? In this case, quite a lot as it happens. The Cool School included musicians like Chet Baker, John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Dave Brubeck. Under the guidance of arranger and composer Gil Evans, it established itself in an unquestionable way ...

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Article: Interview

Pat Martino: Creative Force

Read "Pat Martino: Creative Force" reviewed by Mike Brannon


This article was first published at All About Jazz in June 2000. Pat Martino. A name that strikes anything from fear to sheer awe and reverence in musicians who know who this is. And what he's done and been through. And continues to go through. The name resonates a bridge between the true Jazz ...

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Article: Interview

John Pizzarelli: The Metheny Project

Read "John Pizzarelli: The Metheny Project" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli has been a road warrior in a long career spanning some five decades. He's known for following in the footsteps of his father, the great jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, as a champion of the Great American Songbook working with classic jazz musicians and singers. He eventually became one of those singers that keeps ...

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Article: Book Review

Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975

Read "Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975 Richard Thompson with Scott Timberg 304 Pages ISBN-13 : 978-1616208950 Algonquin Books 2021 Legendary British folk and folk-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Thompson focuses on his early career in this memoir. The story of his musical coming of age, it is devoted ...

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Take Five With Roman Miroshnichenko

Read "Take Five With Roman Miroshnichenko" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Roman Miroshnichenko Roman Miroshnichenko is a virtuoso guitarist, one of the premier guitarists of the new generation of the jazz-fusion music. He has received a total of 30 nominations with 10 wins in multiple international songwriting contests and music awards throughout 2010-2020, including four The Independent Music Awards, 1st Prize of the USA Songwriting Competition, ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Taravella: Dedicated To Les Paul

Read "Dedicated To Les Paul" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Les Paul (1915 to 2009) was one of the innovators in the creation of the solid body electric guitar. Paul enjoyed a long and successful career—performing and recording from 1945, backing Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, offering up a bunch of singles (this was pre-33rpm album days) with his wife Mary Ford, playing with Chet ...

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Article: Talking 2 Musicians

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer: A Minor with a Major Future

Read "Brandon “Taz” Niederauer: A Minor with a Major Future" reviewed by Alan Bryson


Though only seventeen, guitarist/singer/songwriter Brandon Niederauer has amassed a staggering list of accomplishments. At age ten he was a guest and performer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show--the YouTube clip of which has over 3,200,000 views. Two years later he landed a role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway Musical, School of Rock. He has performed a Hendrixesque version ...

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Article: Album Review

Wayne Wesley Johnson & Friends: Jazzamenco

Read "Jazzamenco" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The well-traveled and now New Mexico-based guitarist Wayne Wesley Johnson pulls out all the stops on the generally engaging double-CD set Jazzamenco, using (at various times) no less than seven guest guitarists, saxophone, Latin percussion, pan flute, charango and Chinese pipa to amplify the rhythm section of keyboards, bass and drums (which is present and accounted ...


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