Year: 2015

Remembering John Stubblefield [February 4, 1945-July 4, 2005]

JOHN STUBBLEFIELD was a remarkably gifted tenor and soprano saxophonist, a really original voice, and a decidedly singular individual. I remember being introduced to him at the Village Gate for a one-off orchestral gig by my dear friend Julius Hemphill.

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Tears For Charleston: Ruminations On Rage, Forgiveness And The Mythology Of Oppressed White Folk

Given the numbing news coming out of Charleston in the wake of this act of racist terrorism, some of my brothers in spirit, and cousins in pigment, are having a hard time wrapping their heads around notions of absolution and

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Bob Belden [1956-2015]

Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. Jimi Hendrix On this past Sunday, May 17, my friend and colleague, saxophonist-producer Bob Belden, suffered a massive heart attack. 

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Lew Soloff Goes On And On…With A Song In His Heart

Lew Soloff was a great trumpeter who was the epitome of a cross-over musician.  He made everyone around him sound good…a real team player. Dave Liebman YES, I HAD COPIES OF THE FIRST TWO BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS ALBUMS.  EVERYBODY

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Charlie Haden–Face Of The Bass

The bass, no matter what kind of music you’re playing, it just enhances the sound and makes everything sound more beautiful and full. When the bass stops, the bottom kind of drops out of everything. Charlie Haden WHEN BASSIST CHARLIE

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