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In 1977, Robben Ford assembled a group of veteran session musicians to record his album The Inside Story. The trio of musicians, which included keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson, soon discovered a certain "chemistry" and musical affinity that led to their formation of Yellowjackets. The Inside Story being mainly instrumental, Robben Ford's record label wanted him to record another album that was more pop and vocal oriented. The group, known as the Robben Ford Group, preferred to pursue the instrumental route, and a "band within a band" was formed. This same group with Robben Ford on guitar recorded digital demos that were eventually accepted by Warner Brothers, and Yellowjackets was born

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Article: Radio

Bruce Ditmas, Antonio Sanchez & Migration, Return To Forever And Erik Escobar

Read "Bruce Ditmas, Antonio Sanchez & Migration, Return To Forever And Erik Escobar" reviewed by Len Davis


Some contemporary jazz from Bruce Ditmas with John Abercrombie, plus The Meredian Suite from Antonio Sanchez & Migration. We finish with Erik Escobar, Return To Forever and the Yellowjackets.Playlist Steve Hunt “First Creation" from Connections (Spice Rack) 00:00 Bruce Ditmas"Pulp" from What If (Postcards) 08:34 Antonio Sanchez & Migration “Channels of Energy" from The ...

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Article: Radio

Exploring music from 1975 and 1978

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Exploring 1975 and 1978, plus Mark Egan, Ben Wendel and Yellowjackets. Playlist The New Tony Williams Lifetime “Mr Spock" from Believe It (Columbia) 00:00 David Sancious “One Time" from Forest of Feelings (Epic) 0:06:38 Gong “Soli" from Expresso 2 (Virgin) 13:17 Major Surgery “Beans" from Rare Live Performances (The Last Music Company) 19:47 Mark ...

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Article: Radio

Rocco Prestia, Mark Egan, John McLaughlin & More

Read "Rocco Prestia, Mark Egan, John McLaughlin & More" reviewed by Len Davis


This week we open paying tribute to the late Rocco Prestia, bassist with Tower of Power. We then focus on the latest release by another reference bassist, Mark Egan. Enjoy the music! Playlist John McLaughlin “Dear Dalai Lama" Industrial Zen (Verve Records) 0:00:28 Chick Corea “Flight from Karoof pt 1" The ultimate ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

George Garzone: Sax In The City

Read "George Garzone: Sax In The City" reviewed by Jim Worsley


George Garzone is not the mayor of the city of Boston. If he was appointed to a position it would more likely be king. He is, at the very least, the toast of the town. This isn't news. King George has reigned with a firm grasp of his mighty tenor saxophone for close to half a ...

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Article: Interview

Scott Kinsey: On speaking Luniwaz with an accent

Read "Scott Kinsey: On speaking Luniwaz with an accent" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Scott Kinsey belongs among the most influential keyboard players of the past decades and seems capable of adapting to any style of music. Unlike those who came before him, Kinsey was born into the golden era of keyboards and synthesizers, when visionaries such as Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock had already begun to explore the vast ...

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Article: From Far and Wide

At A Korean Jazz Picnic, No Need To Know The Music

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That jazz appeals to younger audiences, is fun, and not so serious, is more than a mere notion, materializing in, of all places, South Korea. The Jarasum Jazz Festival created there by promoter In Jae Jin has become one of the largest in Asia by hosting a multi-day event which features camping, western and Korean performers, ...

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Yuto Mitomi

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Yuto Mitomi is a Saxophonist, Flutist, Clarinetist, Jazz Composer, Arranger, and Educator based in New York City. He grew up in Yokohama, Japan. He began playing piano when at three years old and started studying saxophone in junior high school. He moved to Tokyo after graduating high school and was a widely known young jazz saxophonist in the Tokyo area. He was very active in the Jazz community and performed at the Yokohama Jazz Promenade, Fuchu Jazz Festival, and other Jazz festivals held in various cities. He also graduated from the University of Electro-Communications with a major in mechanical engineering and then worked at Toyota as a mechanical engineer

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Article: Album Review

Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman


Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

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Article: Radio

Notre Vie Comme Un Western

Read "Notre Vie Comme Un Western" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The Bastille Day broadcast included new releases from John Finbury & Thelma De Freitas, Calabria Foti, Peter Eldridge & Kenny Werner and Maggie Gould plus birthday shout outs to songwriters Jimmy McHugh, Joan Whitney, saxophonist Lauren Sevian, drummer Gayelynn McKinney, cellist Akua Dixon, bassist Iris Ornig, vocalists Suzanne Pittson, Debbie Harry, Luciana Souza and trumpter Carol ...


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