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Paul Klinefelter

As a young bass guitarist growing up in the Philadelphia area in the early sixties, Paul Klinefelter was an avid fan of the English wave of blues/rock bands of the time. Gradually, he became interested in the American originators of that music, such as the great bluesmen Muddy Waters and B.B. King. After briefly attending art school in 1969, Paul’s musical impulses eventually proved stronger, and he struck out on a three year stint with Jim McCarthy and Soul, a hard-driving Chicago blues band. Around this time, he was also exposed to jazz, listening to WRTI during band breaks at the West Philadelphia League of Republican Voters, a late-night private club where the focus was more on drinking than politics. Eager to explore the richer harmonic vocabulary of jazz, Paul began studying with guitarist Tony D’Addono, who also suggested he learn the double bass

Shining A Light On Pianist Ron Thomas

Read "Shining A Light On Pianist Ron Thomas" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist / composer Ron Thomas (b. 1942), was introduced to the piano by his father, Buddy, a self-taught player who learned the art of the ivories by analyzing piano roll performances. Ron was, according to his biography, three or four years old at the time. Those early lessons took root, and then along came Marilyn Monroe. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ron Thomas / Paul Klinefelter: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Budd Kopman

One of the wonderful things about jazz is that it can be appreciated from more than one angle, oftentimes simultaneously: pure entertainment, art as entertainment, art as beauty and art as intellect among others. Some of this, of course, relates to music in general, but jazz as a genre has moved beyond any stylistic boundaries to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ron Thomas/Paul Klinefelter: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Ron Thomas' talents range widely, from his Karlheinz Stockhausen-influenced electric outings like Elysium (Vectordisc, 2009), through his fluid free association piano trio sets, Music In Three Parts (Art Of Life Records, 2006) and Doloroso (Art of Life Records, 2006), to his mainstream outings that draw their inspiration from the late pianist Bill Evans--Two Lonely People ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ron Thomas: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The poet John Keats famously wrote: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever." That's the kind of album this is. It's one stretch of beautiful playing from beginning to end. It's not a “statement," it's not a “thing," it's not a “groove." It's just music that, taken as a whole becomes an “objet d'art," something ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Terry Klinefelter: Zingaro

Read "Terry Klinefelter: Zingaro" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pianist, composer and arranger Terry Klinefelter deserves greater recognition, and this album shows why. Based in the Philadelphia area with her long-time spouse, bassist Paul Klinefelter, she has brought together a cadre of the finest instrumentalists and vocalists for a collection of music that resonates with the heart. With her adept piano playing at the center, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Paul Klinefelter and Jim Ridl at Rollers Flying Fish

Read "Paul Klinefelter and Jim Ridl at Rollers Flying Fish" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Paul Klinefelter and Jim RidlRoller's Flying Fish RestaurantPhiladelphia, PAAugust 16, 2013Roller's Flying Fish Restaurant, in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, offers live music in its intimate upstairs setting. The venue has featured top-of-the line jazz players including the legendary Mose Allison and guitarists Chuck Anderson and Jimmy Bruno. Recently, Paul ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Denis DiBlasio Quintet: Where the Jade Buddha Lives

Read "Where the Jade Buddha Lives" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

As a former member/musical director of trumpeter Maynard Ferguson's band, baritone saxophonist Denis DiBlasio is certainly no stranger to mapping out music and following charts. But he also has an adventurous streak, one in which the slightest of frameworks is laid down--maybe just a mood suggested or, perhaps even, a single note brought up as the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Ruffini: Pressin' On

Read "Pressin' On" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Hammond B-3 organ blew into jazz in a big way in the 1950s and 1960s. Employed mostly in small group settings--trios and quartets--the soulful, urban, deep groove music became hugely popular at that time, thanks to organists Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff, as well as guitarists Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, among many others. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Joe Mullen Quartet: Lost World Tango

Read "Lost World Tango" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Joe Mullen's Lost World Tango presents a highly collaborative trumpet-and-rhythm section quartet. Jazz foursomes are more commonly led by a saxophonists, with notable exceptions being trumpeter Miles Davis' Musing of Miles (Prestige, 1955); pianist Herbie Hancock's classic Empyrean Isles (Blue Note, 1964); Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's marvelous ECM series with his supporting trio of young ...


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