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Skip Heller

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October 4 ,1965, El Paso, TX — Johnny Cash is arrested for smuggling amphetamines across the border from Mexico. Meanwhile, in the thriving metropolis of Philadelphia, Skip Heller is born. HartfordRaised in and around the City of Brotherly Love, he develops an early interest in music, largely the result of seeing John Hartford on the Smothers Brothers and Glen Campbell television shows. At age 4, he buys his first record, EARTHWORDS AND MUSIC, with money he got for his birthday, thus beginning a lifelong habit of running to a record store every damn time he has money in his hand. His school years are uneventful

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Pan Americanos: The Songs of Raymond Scott & Lalo Guerrero

Label: Steady Beat Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Vamos A Bailar; Sixteen Pounds; Los Angeles; Adam & Eva; Me Gusta El Cha Cha Cha; Barrio Viejo; El Chicano; Coming Back Down to Earth; Powerhouse; Naked City; Portofino. Bonus EP: Who Do You Love; Street of No Return; To Say I Love You; Yeh Yeh.

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Article: Album Review

The Reckless Night Ensemble: Pan Americanos: The Songs of Raymond Scott & Lalo Guerrero

Read "Pan Americanos: The Songs of Raymond Scott & Lalo Guerrero" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Led by guitarist Skip Heller and bassist Nick Ornelas, The Reckless Night Ensemble on Pan Americanos feature the music of composers Raymond Scott and Lalo Guerrero and simultaneously captures two of Los Angeles' historic sounds in musical daguerreotype. A chameleonic jazz-blues guitarist and small ensemble roots music master, Heller ties several different musical threads ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Lost Within Jobim, the BOOM, and You

Read "Lost Within Jobim, the BOOM, and You" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Albare Plays Jobim Vol. 2 Alfi Records 2021 “I was 14 when I first heard the music of Tom Jobim," recalls Albare, nom de guerre of guitarist Albert Dadon. “I already had six years of guitar learning under my belt. When I first heard those bossa ...

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

Philadelphia, Mon Amour

Read "Philadelphia, Mon Amour" reviewed by Skip Heller


I was born in 1965, in West Philly, so I met the world in 1980 or so. My city was then recovering from two terms of mayor Frank Rizzo, whose corruption was on a level not seen since the glory days of New York mayor Jimmy Walker. Rizzo hated anyone who was young or of color. ...

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

Death Is Not The End and the Law of Periodical Repetition

Read "Death Is Not The End and the Law of Periodical Repetition" reviewed by Skip Heller


"Will this wonderful civilization of today perish? Yes, everything perishes. Will it rise and exist again? It will—for nothing can happen that will not happen again. And again, and still again, forever. It took more than eight centuries to prepare this civilization— then it suddenly began to grow, and in less than a century it is ...

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¡Pan-Americanos!

Label: Panamerican Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Vamos A Bailar; Sixteen Pounds; Los Angeles; Adan & Eva; Me Gusta El Cha Cha Cha; Barrio Viejo; El Chicano; Coming Back Down To Earth; Powerhouse; Naked City; Portofino.

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Beyond These Hills: The Skip Heller Anthology 2017-20

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hall of Fame; I’ve Been Wrong Before; Beyond These Hills; Let’s Stay Home; East Side Club; From the Night Before; Dream a Little Dream; Nothin’ to See Here; Together Too Long; The Other Shoe; Let’s Start Tonight; Waho Needs Love; Happy Anniversary; Aspen Snowboards X-Games Commercial Spot.

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

2020 and Me

Read "2020 and Me" reviewed by Skip Heller


As I type this, it is December 8, 2020, the fortieth anniversary of John Lennon's murder. I was then a newly-minted barband guitarist, fifteen years old and thinking how the world —via the election of Ronald Reagan —and music had just suffered the worst season that could ever be. 2020 has been an ongoing ...

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Article: Album Review

Douglas Lee: Themes For Falling Down Stairs

Read "Themes For Falling Down Stairs" reviewed by Skip Heller


There is an alternate universe someplace where the earthshaking jazz event of 1959 is neither Miles Davis' Kind of Blue nor John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic Records), but is instead the release of Henry Mancini's The Music From Peter Gunn (RCA Victor). Douglas Lee is probably getting his mail there right now. Lee's Themes ...


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