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In the 1960s, long before pop artists were backed by the generic, computer-based accompaniment that is commonplace today, singers often recorded with formidable house bands, including Booker T. & the MG’s and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. The former band came together at Stax records in Memphis, laying down timeless grooves on hits by artists like Otis Redding, Albert King, and Carla Thomas. The latter group based in Muscle Shoals, as well as New York and Nashville, enhanced such classic tracks as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally,” and Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome.” Growing up in the ’60s, a teenaged Robben Ford spent countless hours listening to artists like Aretha and Otis, at the same time soaking in guitar blues from Mike Bloomfield, Eric Clapton, and B.B

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes

Read "Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I've earned the privilege of not playing anything I don't want to play," says drummer Jerry Granelli, whose past is replete with the names of many greats in jazz for whom he supplied rhythmic support--sometimes force--over several decades. “That used to be a fear," he adds, “You figured if you turned something down, the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gergo Borlai: The Missing Song

Read "The Missing Song" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The Missing Song has been heralded as a tribute to Gergo Borlai's nine most influential drummers still alive and performing today. This is much more than just listing them and perhaps covering one of their songs. Borlai composed eight of the nine new songs on this album. He plays them all in the manner, or mindset, ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In case you missed it, Part One of my conversation with Jimmy Haslip covered a lot of ground and had a few good laughs along the way. Although we talked about the Yellowjackets, we delved more deeply into why and how he parted ways with the band some eight years ago. Haslip has been producing records ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part 1

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part 1" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The name Jimmy Haslip needs no introduction. So, he doesn't get one. Seriously, we had a lot of ground to cover and he had so many great stories and interesting asides to share that we are breaking the interview into two parts as it is. So, without further ado... All About Jazz: I ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bob Lanzetti: Snarky Guitars, Part 2

Read "Bob Lanzetti: Snarky Guitars, Part 2" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 For the second installment in our series on the guitarists of Snarky Puppy, we spoke with Bob Lanzetti. In addition to being the guitarist who logged the most miles with the band in its early days, he has also appeared on every recording SP has ever ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jamey Arent: The Back Burner

Read "The Back Burner" reviewed by Paul Naser

The name of Los Angeles based guitarist/singer/songwriter Jamey Arent's debut EP may be inspired by his years a sideman supporting the likes of Frankie Valli and Matthew Morrison and contributing to network television and Netflix soundtracks -or maybe it's in reference to burning playing atop laid back grooves. In any case, don't put The Back Burner ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Lydia Pense & Cold Blood: The Endless Summer of Love

Read "Lydia Pense & Cold Blood: The Endless Summer of Love" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Fifty years ago, the Woodstock Festival blazed the music scene and put modern society on the map. Yes, it was the era of hippies, counterculture, peace, love, and dope. The west coast made its own lasting impression with the far-out, peaceful, yet happening, streets of San Francisco. The rich music scene was as potent as the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Allan Holdsworth: Live in Japan 1984

Read "Live in Japan 1984" reviewed by John Kelman

The loss of Allan Holdsworth in the spring of 2017 remains the passing of one of the most distinctive and innovative guitarists of the past half century. Born in the U.K in 1946, but moving to the U.S.A. in the early '80s, most who are familiar with Holdsworth's work also know how vastly influential he became, ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Sweet Soul Music and the Low Down Dirty Blues at the Montreal Jazz Festival

Read "Sweet Soul Music and the Low Down Dirty Blues at the Montreal Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4The marquee on Stax Records studio in jny: Memphis, Tennessee reads “Soulsville U.S.A." Although “Soulsville of the North" may be a stretch, for 10 days in July, jny: Montreal turns into a hotbed of Soul, R&B, Funk and the Blues. From the first years ...


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