Articles tagged “jazz”

Lee Morgan’s Most Popular Albums by the Numbers

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Lee Morgan is a remarkable jazz trumpeter who deserves the spotlight. Despite his name being less recognizable than other acclaimed artists from the 1950s and ’60s, Morgan’s influence on both his contemporaries and musicians today resonates across the decades that separate us from the height of his career. We’re breaking down some of his best […]

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7 Extraordinary Women of Jazz

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Take a moment to learn more about some of the women of jazz who revolutionized instrumentation and performance during the height of the genre’s popularity. Mary Osborne Mary Osborne (1921-1992) is a celebrated guitarist who regularly performed and recorded with her fellow jazz greats of the era. She would go on to co-found the Osborne […]

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How Do I Listen to Bebop and Hard Bop? This Author, Composer, and Saxophonist Can Help

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When it comes to learning the mechanics of bebop, there’s no more monumental tome than the Charlie Parker Omnibook, which Jamey Aebersold and Ken Slone compiled in 1978. One educator described this 60-page landmark in Charlier Parker transcription as “the Bible for anyone serious about learning improvisation.” However, given its subject, the Omnibook isn’t for […]

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Three Reissues That Illuminate South African Jazz During Apartheid

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There’s a South African jazz album that’s easily as important as John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, but hardly anybody in North America knows about it. And if not for a white, 37-year-old Canadian man, it might have stayed that way for years. One day, Seton Hawkins, the director of public programs and education resources at […]

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Blue Note’s Don Was on the Classic Vinyl Reissue Series and Stewarding a Record that Saved His Life

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Decades before the dark glasses and the wide-brimmed hat and the shock of black hair; before he produced Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, and the Rolling Stones; Don Was was a 19-year-old music obsessive with no clear prospects. “I dropped out of music school, but the only gig I could get was playing bass with a […]

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What Do We Overlook About Dave Brubeck on His 100th Birthday? Authors, Musicians, and Family Members Reflect

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Dave Brubeck nearly broke down in tears in front of Ken Burns. While discussing racism on camera for Burns’ 2001 series Jazz at his Wilton, Connecticut, home, he swerved into a childhood memory about his father taking him to meet a Black cowboy by the Sacramento River. The cowboy opened his shirt to reveal a […]

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100 Reasons We Love Yusef Lateef for His 100th Birthday

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Early in college, the alto saxophonist Darius Jones checked out a VHS of Cannonball Adderley from the library. As he watched the European concert, one of Adderley’s sidemen struck him as peculiar. “He was standing next to this other guy who looked like a professor or something,” Jones tells Discogs. “I had never seen a […]

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Producer Joe Harley and Engineer Kevin Gray Discuss Blue Note’s Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Series

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Some of the greatest jazz of the 20th century was recorded in a Hackensack, New Jersey, living room by an optometrist who hated vinyl. Given that many consider vinyl to be the ideal medium for jazz, that last detail is especially surprising. “As far as I’m concerned, good riddance. I’m glad to see the LP go,” Rudy Van Gelder, […]

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Alan Braufman’s 5 Most Influential Albums of All Time

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Article by Alan Braufman. Alan Braufman is a lauded jazz musician, saxophonist, and composer. His 1975 album, Valley of Search, is renowned amongst collectors and his new record, The Fire Still Burns, drops August 2020. A friend of mine asked me the other day, “What were the albums early in my life that influenced my […]

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You Should Know Bob James, the Most Sampled Jazz Artist of All Time

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Keyboardist Bob James has been sampled in hip-hop classics from Run-DMC’s “Beats to the Rhyme” to Eric B. and Rakim’s “Follow the Leader.” An agogô-bell breakbeat from one of his recordings has propelled tracks by N.W.A. and A$AP Rocky. No jazz artist has been sampled more than him. The term “godfather of hip-hop” has even […]

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