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Diamond Dust: The Eccentric Genius of Jeff Beck

Read "Diamond Dust: The Eccentric Genius of Jeff Beck" reviewed by Doug Collette

The man played like he had a love/hate relationship with his guitar. One moment he could be ever-so-gently coaxing bittersweet strains from the strings and the next he could very well be wringing tortuous sounds from up and down the fretboard, as often as not thanks to his instinctively savvy use of the whammy bar. It ...


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Taipei's Yuppy Bookstore: Retro Speakeasy Club Serves Jazz

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In any city in Taiwan, small commercial spaces are the norm, from coffee shops to cafés or neighborhood restaurants—and live music venues are no different. Yet these tiny operations still manage to offer an amazing variety of selection. In a surrounding district of the capital city of Taiwan, The Yuppy Bookstore fits this mold. ...


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Dial H for Hitchcock

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When we meet in a South London pub, tenor saxophonist Alex Hitchcock mentions that he has a rehearsal the next day with the bassist Jasper Høiby for which he needs to learn about an hour of new music. It's for one gig, which is at the weekend. “So it's in at the deep end—quite exciting." If ...


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Jerry Lee Lewis: 1935 - 2022

Read "Jerry Lee Lewis: 1935 - 2022" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

And then there were none. The last patrician of the church of rock & roll is no more. Jerry Lee Lewis died at the age of 87 at his Nesbit home in Desoto County, Mississippi on Friday morning, October 28, 2022. Larger than life, in death, Lewis emerges a deeply divided figure: ...


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Noah Garabedian: The Power of Patience

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Patience might be not the first word that you'd expect to find on the job description for a professional jazz musician, but it has been crucial to the career of bassist Noah Garabedian's career. Growing up in jny: Berkeley, a hothouse of young jazz talent, Garabedian never intended to become a working musician. “I ...


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Remembering Roz Corral: Doyenne Of The New York Jazz Vocal Scene

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The New York jazz community lost a beloved member with the passing of vocalist Roz Corral, who died Tuesday, September 27, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Originally from Marin County, CA, Roz moved to New York as a young adult, with plans to be a professional dancer. Instead, she found herself singing at ...


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Paolo Fresu: When Musician Turns Poet

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Paolo Fresu—a multidimensional artist whose creative overdrive has shaped the Italian jazz scene for almost forty years. With definite hints to Chet Baker and Miles Davis, Fresu has honed a particularly mellow, velvety sound which is absolutely compelling. Even when he tackles coarser, more upbeat tempos, he captivates his listeners with his original approach, switching between ...


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Stephen Philip Harvey: Big Band Superhero In the Making

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There's a passage in “Party Song," the concluding cut on the Stephen Philip Harvey Jazz Orchestra's debut recording, Smash! (Next Level, 2022) where the band claps hands, whoops and cheers over a syncopated praise-band saxophone riff. It's pure, unbridled joy and just like the exuberance implied by the exclamation point in the album's title, it's an ...


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Barbara Carroll: Barbara’s Piano

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Every record is a moment in time, but also a musical portrait of the artist who creates it. When Barbara Carroll released the Verve album, Barbara, in 1958, it would mark a watershed moment in her personal and musical life. Her husband and close collaborator, bassist Joe Shulman, died of a heart attack the same year ...


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Hazel Scott: Swing and Silence

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Ahmad Jamal is often credited with creating a new spacious sound in jazz. He had a tingling sense of touch on the piano that let each note ring profoundly and famously inspired Miles Davis to explore the effects of silence and space. It was a sound equally admired and belittled as cocktail jazz because of its ...


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