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Jaki Byard was an encyclopedia unto himself; in a French concert it's said he went "from James P. Johnson to Cecil Taylor." You hear that in his albums, even in the same so…
Jazz seems to avoid technology as other genres embrace it. While overdubs and electronics have been a rock staple for decades, they come to jazz slowly, and often criticize…
There's art and there's commerce. The musician needs gigs, to hone her craft, and reputation, to get more gigs. And the fastest way to build a reputation is through a recor…
Tom Knific is an invisible jazzman, one of those people who live playing music, while known to few but the musicians. Work on soundtracks, theater pit bands, and studio pop…
She was asked if she had made a CD, and the answer was direct: "Well yes, I am making plans for that, as a matter of fact." Simple but confident, like the cover picture: a …
Ed Walsh, Jr. was a baseball pitcher of little renown, the son of a beloved Hall of Famer. Ed, Jr. said something to the effect of "It's a curse to be the son of a great ma…
The lesson here is: watch. A major talent could be right next door: Scott Hall teaches in an Illinois high school; at night he's in Barry Winograd's big band. The group her…
It was a habit among record companies: pair Monk with an unlikely partner and see what happens. Sometimes it worked (Mulligan Meets Monk), sometimes it didn't (a session wi…
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