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Larry Coryell–Visionary Of Modern Jazz Guitar [1943-2017]

Over the years I hope I’ve become more of a musician and less of a guitarist Larry Coryell Wait till the honeying of the lune love!  Die eve, little eve, die!  We see that wonder in your eye. We’ll meet

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The Sounds of Silence–The Profound Acoustics Of NJPAC’s Prudential Hall

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley   On Friday evening, January 8th, in Prudential Hall at the New Jersey Performance Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, New Jersey, I enjoyed perhaps the most

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David Bowie Gives It All Away

Look up here, I’m in heaven…everybody knows me now. David Bowie While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. Leonardo da Vinci David Bowie’s fearlessness at headlong swan-diving into the unknown

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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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Jack Bruce, Bass Out Front–HCKKH Blues & N.S.U [1968]

Rest in Peace, Jack Bruce Here from 1968, is Jack Bruce’s modern jazz opus, the too-often overlooked THINGS WE LIKE, which certainly changed my life…looking as I was back then for a more modern conception of the jazz guitar. This

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Sonny Rollins Ambushed By The New Yorker

This comment, posted by tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins on his Twitter page, would seem to say it all. The joke in question was a piece, published in that once-distinguished periodical, THE NEW YORKER, suggestively entitled, Sonny Rollins: In His Own

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