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“Guitarist Peter Rubie . . . a fine player, [lays] down subtle lines in his solos and clear comping,” JazzWise Magazine Guitarist Peter Rubie has been on the jazz scene in Europe and the U.S., since the mid-1970s. He was the leader of the house band at the original 606 Club (www.606Club.com) in London, before moving to the U.S., in 1981. He has studied and played with Warne Marsh, George Coleman, Peter Ind, Peter Bernstein and Larry Koonse. “You [sound] excellent,” Peter Bernstein Among the many notable jazz musicians he’s played with are John Stowell, Kenny Wessell, Mike LeDonne, Eric Alexander, John Raymond, Jay Leonhart, Mike Clark, Jack Wilkins, Junior Cook, Paul Meyers, Martin Taylor, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Bobby Wellins, Slide Hampton, Dave Binney, Dave Cliff, and Emily Remler

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Article: Book Review

Bass Notes: Jazz In American Culture, A Personal View

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Bass Notes: Bass Notes: Jazz In American Culture, A Personal View Chuck Israels 240 Pages ISBN: 1493074849 Backbeat Books 2024 Chuck Israels developed musically in what many would say was an extremely fertile time in Jazz. I'm talking about the 1960s. Of course, his stint with Bill Evans during ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

Harvie S: Building A Better Jam Session

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Jam sessions are strange creatures. A friend recently told me a story about a session he went to in a private home where a visiting pianist had basically come loaded for bear and would not relinquish the piano chair until she was finally thrown off by the host so others could have a turn. “I don't ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

Songbirds: An Interview with Singer Judy Niemack

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Apart from their mutual respect for each other, and the fact that they are jazz singers, there isn't a lot, superficially, that you would think Judy Niemack and Jay Clayton have in common. But you'd be wrong. Both have a classical music background, Clayton at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, before moving ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

One of the Boys in the Band: Discovering my Dad

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George Gozzard was the baby of a pretty large family the jazz trumpeter Harry Roy Gozzard raised. Harry was one of those great working musicians we heard about in the 1930s and through the 1950s who played jazz and dance band gigs interchangeably. These were the days of months long (if not longer) engagements musicians would ...

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Article: Jazz Fiction

Tonal Warriors

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New York City, July, 1983 “Man, it's like walking with lead shoes on," I complained. Roger, our drummer, smiled, shook his head and muttered, “I may just take off in a minute." Eddie said to me, “You're a miserable motherfucker sometimes, Phil. You know that?" The three of us sat ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

My 'Other' Brother -- Remembering Jack Wilkins: 1944-2023

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Prologue This piece, in a shorter form, appeared as a post on my Facebook page a few days after my friend Jack Wilkins died on May 5, 2023. On behalf of a group of close friends I also helped write a remembrance piece for WBGO, one or two quotes of which are also included here. I ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Jean-Luc Ponty: No Absolute Time

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When we talk about world music, we often use the phrase in quiet desperation to describe music that defies familiarity and our expectations but still appeals to us. Its very newness is often both slightly disturbing and refreshing at the same time. Two years before No Absolute Time was released in 1993, Jean-Luc Ponty ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Jean-Luc Ponty: Individual Choice

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By 1982, jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty had established an enviable reputation as a pioneer in jazz-rock and jazz fusion. He began as a young bebop player in the late 1950s with little interest in becoming another swing or gypsy style violinist. It was the “sheets of sound" music of John Coltrane that spoke loudest to him. ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Jean-Luc Ponty: Open Mind

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If Individual Choice was the sketchbook of Jean-Luc Ponty's (JLP) decision to take his music in a new direction, Open Mind (1984), released the following year, was a deeper exploration of the emerging world of synthesizers and sequencers and their impact on live (studio) performance. Here, complex rhythmic patterns shift in the background while new sounds ...


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