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Steve Patrick And The Music City Orchestra: Reflections

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Back in the 1960s, sound technologies and in-studio recording/engineering advances were developing rapidly. Labels such as Solid State and Command Records produced brilliant, acoustically enhanced recordings, many done by New York studio greats such as trumpeter Doc Severinsen. Those companies leveraged technical advances to enhance the talents of the recording artists. As a result, it was ...


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Lani Hall Featuring Herb Alpert: Seasons of Love

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Vocalist and author Lani Hall has not released an album of her own in 20 years. That is our loss, for sure. Her last effort--not counting her work with husband Herb Alpert on his tours and on a number of his fine Grammy-winning sessions--was in 1998. With Seasons of Love Hall's stepping out in front shows ...


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Tony Adamo: Better Than Picasso At Midnite

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When you listen to vocal artist Tony Adamo, it reminds of that 1960s' mantra from Jimi Hendrix, “Are You Experienced?" That's because Adamo is a brilliantly creative talent whose recordings are so hip, so singular that they're something that you don't just listen to; you experience them. From his past efforts, we know that he dwells ...


Article: Book Review

The Era I Almost Missed - An Autobiography

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The Era I Almost Missed -An Autobiography Ron Aprea 245 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-6678015-0-6 Self Published 2021 Jazz musicians are an oral bunch. Freud, although he despised music, would have had a field day studying them. Their autobiographies tend to fall into a handful of categories. Some read as ...


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Keith Pray's Three Bass Hit: Down the Middle

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There's just something about the sound of a B-3 organ that touches one's soul. Its awesome power seems to resonate the entire body. Perhaps it's the roots in religious environs. With Down the Middle, Albany, New York area saxophonist Keith Pray leaves his horns and reeds home and assumes the high Hammond throne along with a ...


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Giacomo Gates: YOU

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It is an interesting linguistic and grammatical fact that the word “I," capitalized and without its lower case pal's head-dot, appears only in the English language. It is also the most frequently seen word residing in popular song titles. With You the high priest of hip, Giacomo Gates, turns the tables on that not-so-lonely letter and ...


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Christine Kamau: Delivering Afro-Jazz Power

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In the blockbuster film, Black Panther (Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, 2018) the power of and quest for “Vibranium," an all-powerful element, plays a pivotal role. Like a latter day female T'challa (The “Black Panther") and through her music, Kenyan musician Christine Kamau delivers a unique and powerful perspective of her own, melding jazz with its ...


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The Pete Ellman Big Band: The Twelve Grooves of Christmas

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As we enter the Holidays, the airwaves and digital streams flow with seasonal fare of all types of genres. And, once we ring in the New Year, said music heads back into hibernation until the next Thanksgiving and December roll around. The Pete Ellman Big Band's The Twelve Grooves of Christmas is such a fine recording ...


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Times Remembered: The Final Years of the Bill Evans Trio

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Times Remembered -The Final Years of the Bill Evans Trio Joe La Barbera and Charles Levin 206 Pages ISBN: #13 978-1-57441-844-6 University of North Texas Press 2021 Reading about the life, career, and ultimate tragedy that was Bill Evans--as opposed to listening to his glorious playing--is neither an ...


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Vince Guaraldi at the Piano

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Vince Guaraldi at the Piano Derrick Bang 354 pages ISBN: # 978-078645902-5 McFarland & Company, Inc, 2012 Soon after autumn leaves fall, promos hit the airwaves for the various Charlie Brown Holiday specials. Those timeless animations are lathered up with marvelously hip jazz—that of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While umbilical tied ...


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