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A very valuable bassist who on the West Coast was part of a countless number of recordings sessions, Monty Budwig could always be relied upon to swing a band, take melodic solos and play the perfect note for the right situation while being content to remain in the background. Budwig played bass while in high school, gigged with Vido Musso in 1951 and then spent three years in the Air Force during which he had the opportunity to play in a military band. In 1954 he moved to Los Angeles where he eventually became a fixture in the studios and was greatly in demand for West Coast-style jazz groups. Among Budwig's many musical experiences were playing with Barney Kessel, the Red Norvo Trio (1954-55), Zoot Sims, Woody Herman's Orchestra (1955-56), Shelly Manne, Shorty Rogers, Terry Gibbs, Benny Goodman, Carmen McRae, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, the Lighthouse All Stars in the 1980's and Ellyn Rucker. Although he appeared on many records (including a few dozen for the Concord label in the 1970's and 80's), Monty Budwig only led one record date of his own, 1978's Dig (for Concord) which included his wife Arlette McCoy on electric piano.

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Davis Wilson

Read "Meet Davis Wilson" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Jeopardy contestant, amateur pianist, dance teacher, actor, sailor, postal worker, our July Super Fan has lived all over the place and done it all. Now based in St. Paul, Minnesota, he met “zillions of artists" as keeper of the flame at the old Artists' Quarter jazz club. But he stumbled upon one of the most memorable ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

I classici Xanadu - Seconda parte

Read "I classici Xanadu - Seconda parte" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


In questo nuovo blocco di riedizioni Xanadu, pubblicate dalla Elemental, dopo la puntata dedicata ai sassofonisti, ci occupiamo soprattutto di pianisti, ovviamente legati alla scuola bop secondo le preferenze stilistiche del produttore Don Schlitten: Kenny Drew, Dolo Coker e Barry Harris. Questi non sono leader in tutti i dischi ma il loro contributo è sempre centrale. ...

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Article: Album Review

David Angel Big Band: Camshafts and Butterflies

Read "Camshafts and Butterflies" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Like the proverbial tree falling in an empty forest, if a big band plays but no one hears it, does it still make a sound? That's basically the story of the David Angel Big Band, which has been rehearsing nearly every week for well-nigh half a century but has been heard by almost no one until ...

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News: Video / DVD

Weekend Extra: Shelly Manne and Friends

Weekend Extra: Shelly Manne and Friends

From 1960 to 1972 in Hollywood, drummer Shelly Manne operated Shelly’s Manne Hole, one of the great jazz clubs in the world. It was headquarters for his quintet known as Shelly Manne And His Men, which over the years included many of the era’s premier players, among them Charlie Mariano, Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Conte Candoli, ...

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News: Recording

Concord Music Group Reissues Vince Guaraldi's "A Boy Named Charlie Brown"

Concord Music Group Reissues Vince Guaraldi's "A Boy Named Charlie Brown"

Remastered vinyl and CD recordings mark 50th anniversary of the soundtrack to a TV documentary that never aired LOS ANGELES, CA: Most of us recall A Charlie Brown Christmas—the classic animated special that originally aired on network television during the holiday season of 1965—as the moment when pianist Vince Guaraldi first breathed life into the entire ...

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Article: The Mort Report

Sex and the Jazz Musician: The Brutal Truth!

Read "Sex and the Jazz Musician: The Brutal Truth!" reviewed by Mort Weiss


The following is taken from the chronicles of a gold panel Committee of select persons from the international confines of various state institutions that hold such findings sacred--the long-term commitment of these individuals that have given rant to their multitudinous ravings on this highly personal topic.In my course of dumpster diving for salvation, I ...

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Article: Album Review

Vince Guaraldi: Peanuts Portraits

Read "Peanuts Portraits" reviewed by Larry Taylor


Charles Schulz's Peanuts has been an enduring newspaper cartoon classic since the late 1940s. Its popularity peaked in the 1960s when the series was adapted for the first of many animated television specials, with music written by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi. The strips continue to run today in newspapers, 10 years after Schulz's death in 2000. ...

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Mike Barone / National Youth Jazz Orchestra / Vaughn Wiester / Dutch Jazz Orchestra

Read "Mike Barone / National Youth Jazz Orchestra / Vaughn Wiester / Dutch Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Mike Barone Big Band Class of '68 Rhubarb Recordings 2009 While some may deem composer / arranger / trombonist Mike Barone's latest album gratuitous, those who were introduced to Barone's music via the band's superb recording Live at Donte's, 1968 should take enormous pleasure in hearing further inspired ...

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Dig

Label: Kingston World
Released: 1979


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