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Mop Mop: Max Roach’s Media Encounter With Kentucky Sour Mash

Radio Free Chip here.  One hell of a long winter, was it not dear friends? And was it ever brutal for your author on a number of levels, including an unending series of computer meltdowns–culminating in a very long, harrowing

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Jim Hall–When In Doubt, Just Shut Up And Listen

I feel that jazz is not so much a style as a process of making music. Bill Evans Jim is from a generation where people are very, very…I don’t want to say close-minded—but very much set in their ways and

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Chico Hamilton & Jim Hall–SPIRITS REJOICE

The cycles of birth and death being what they are, going on within us and without us, as is RADIO FREE CHIP’s wont—being both a freshly minted grandfather and a devout musician—we inevitably find ourselves singing an amen chorus or

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Clark Terry: Heart…Soul…Class

Making the simple complicated is commonplace. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. Charles Mingus To me, Clark Terry is the Johnny Hodges of the trumpet, one of the few brass players of whom it may be truly said

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Jimmie Rodgers, Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash—Borderless Music From American Patriots

America’s greatest gift to the world is our music. An iconic, original conception; a polyglot of many cultures—a paradigm for our ongoing democratic experiment. And at this critical juncture in our history, when a group of embittered wing-nuts and evangelical

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Baby Dodds–Playing For The Benefit Of The Band

Now each man has a solo, I gives him a different beat. It may sound to someone that’s listening close by the same, but it’s not. I would say it’s a different sound to it, because I gives every man

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Points Of Departure: George Duke, Cedar Walton, Marian McPartland, Albert Murray

Yet again we find ourselves engaged in a day cruise down the River Styx, courtesy of RADIO FREE CHIP correspondent, the ferryman Charon, who regrettably, was quite busy as the summer of 2013 drew to a close. Inside of three

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Sonny Rollins: Post-Boppin’ With The Saxophone Colossus

Over the course of a lifetime, I have pursued music and music has, by degrees, pursued me. Part of my passion is predicated on a desire to share what I have learned with friends and colleagues alike. Thus over time,

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Street Theater: Random Encounters, Assorted Zingers & the Art of the Put-On

Having resided on Manhattan Island in NYC since 1976, I have come to appreciate by degrees both its potential for unparalleled levels of enforced intimacy and the curiously deferential nature of its citizenry. New York City is like thousands upon

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Ruminations On A Forgotten Master: Woody Shaw, The Complete Muse Sessions [Mosaic]

Miles Davis, as iconic and innovative a figure as any in the history of the trumpet, dispensed compliments the way you and I might deploy manhole covers as Frisbees. Here, Fido…FETCH! To wit, Miles once launched this zinger in the

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