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Slam Stewart

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Slam Stewart was a superior swing-oriented bassist whose ability to bow the bass and hum an octave apart made him famous in the jazz world. He had thought of the idea while studying at Boston Conservatory when he heard Ray Perry singing along with his violin. In 1936, Stewart was with Peanuts Holland's group and the following year he started playing regularly with guitarist/singer/comedian Slim Gaillard in a group logically dubbed "Slim and Slam." "Flat Foot Floogie" became a huge hit and kept the group working through the early '40s. After leaving Gaillard, Stewart was in great demand

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Jewels In The Treasure Box

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: CD1: Night and Day; Where or When; On The Sunny Side of the Street; Don't Blame me; Soft Winds; These Foolish Things; Flying Home; Memories of You; What Does It Take; Tenderly; Crazy Rhythm; The Man I Love; Tea for Two. CD2: I Cover The Waterfront; Body and Soul; Laura; Humoresque; Begin the Beguine; There Will Never Be Another You; September Song; Just One of Those Things; Wrap You Troubles In Dreams; St. Louis Blues; After You've Gone; Someone To Watch Over Me. CD3: Sweet Lorraine; Indiana; Judy; Lover; Dark Eyes; Stompin' at the Savoy;If; Out of Nowhere; Would You Like to Take a Walk?; Stardust; Air Mail Special; I've Got the World on A String; The Kerry Dance.

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Article: Album Review

Art Tatum: Jewels In The Treasure Box

Read "Jewels In The Treasure Box" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


In the annals of jazz history, certain recordings stand out as treasures, not only capturing the essence of a particular era but also the sheer brilliance of the musicians involved. Jewels In the Treasure Box, the 1953 Chicago Blue Note Jazz Club recordings, featuring the virtuosic trio of Art Tatum on piano, Everett Barksdale on guitar ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day 2024 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day 2024 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Every year, Record Store Day (RSD) promises limited edition vinyl releases for all tastes in music. From the latest popular artists to the most obscure archival releases, RSD drops try to cover a lot of musical territory. Practically all genres of music are represented and, of course, jazz is no exception. Fortunately, the April 2024 drop ...

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Nursery Rhymes A La Tatum

Label: April 1
Released: 2022
Track listing: Billy Boy; Grandfather Clock; Hickory, Dickory Dock; The Animal Fair; A-Tisket, A-Tasket; Freres Jacques; London Bridge Is Falling Down; Pop Goes The Weasel; Three Blind Mice

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Article: Album Review

Art Tatum: Nursery Rhymes A La Tatum

Read "Nursery Rhymes A La Tatum" reviewed by Ken Dryden


Art Tatum was a piano virtuoso whose improvising skills impressed even the likes of classical greats such as Vladimir Horowitz, though he had a fondness for folk songs in addition to standards and jazz favorites. This recording came about when a friend, Mitt Kinder, and his wife Mutti, announced the arrival of their first child, a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers

Read "Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From the veteran vibes Chuck Redd we rocket into this week's episode of Neon Jazz. From there, we peer into the influences into Chuck's life with cats like Charlie Byrd and Count Basie. We take a good look into the life and music of Paul Serrato and Ashley Pezzotti and pay respects to a couple of ...

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Article: Album Review

Alex Hitchcock: All Good Things

Read "All Good Things" reviewed by Roger Farbey


The Alex Hitchcock Quintet's first record, Live at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals, was released in 2018 as an EP on Mondo Tunes. But at around 40 minutes this could easily have passed muster as a pukka LP. It was also a very impressive debut indeed, captured live from gigs performed in 2016 and 2017 ...

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Article: Profile

Billy Krechmer: A Philadelphia Story

Read "Billy Krechmer: A Philadelphia Story" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


There is a story told of the last night of an iconic jazz club in Philadelphia in 1966. The bandleader-owner, it was said, had been called away prior to closing. He was unable to return before the end of the last set. Walking back, he watched the crowd filing out. Some, I am told, had tears ...


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