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Archive for June, 2011

24
Jun
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Jazz Backstage: Charlie Haden

The legendary bassist and bandleader Charlie Haden has had no shortage of excellent work lately. Read moreRead more

23
Jun
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The Traneumentary: Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins is a legendary musical force, and like Trane, inspires people to this day with his masterful improvisations and amazing wizardry on the saxophone. Sonny is a true legend who respected John Coltrane and also had a beautiful friendship with him. In 1956, Sonny and Trane recorded a track entitled “Tenor Madness.” Read moreRead more

19
Jun
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Q&A: Mike Metheny

We last heard from Mike Metheny on his excellent and insightful blog Doc Severinsen-A Legend, And A Friend. Since then he’s been working on another musical project close to his heart, a compilation of his own favorite recorded tracks over the past 20 years. Read moreRead more

16
Jun
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Jazz Backstage: Harvey Mason (Early Years)

Legendary drummer Harvey Mason returns to Jazz Online’s Jazz Backstage podcast and this time he’s reflecting on his early studio days and working with producers Larry and Fonce Mizell. Read moreRead more

15
Jun
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The Traneumentary: Joshua Redman

Saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the leading players and personalities in jazz. His stellar recording’s Wish and Moodswing not only set the tone for emerging jazz musicians back in the middle 90′s but help establish the charismatic saxophonist to become a fan favorite and critical success. Read moreRead more

14
Jun
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Q&A: Donny McCaslin

One of my favorite tenor sax players is Donny McCaslin. I recall my childhood friend bassist Larry Grenadier telling me about him in the mid 80‘s. It was around that time that Donny and Larry were both members of the Gary Burton Quintet. Shortly thereafter, Donny joined Steps Ahead taking over the sax chair from the legendary Michael Brecker. Read moreRead more

14
Jun
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Video: Pat Metheny – Cherish

“This was a huge hit in the late 60’s. One day i started playing around with it and while under the hood of the tune I found myself marveling at all the interesting moves that happen with the chords, especially on the bridge. Read moreRead more

13
Jun
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Video: Pat Metheny – The Girl From Ipanema

“People are often surprised to hear that this is one of the first songs I ever learned, but any beginning guitar student knows about the dreaded “F” chord; the first time you are asked to “barre” two strings together with one finger. For me, in that first week of playing the instrument, it was impossible to make my fingers do that. Read moreRead more

10
Jun
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Video: Pat Metheny Covers a Carly Simon Classic

“To me, there were always several interesting things about this piece,” Metheny says of Carly Simon’s first major hit (That’s The Way I Always Heard It Should Be), “not the least of which is the way that she moves from root minor key to the major key just a half step above it so effortlessly in a way that is almost invisible. Read moreRead more

8
Jun
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Winter’s Solstice

Legendary musician, and Grammy-Award winner, Paul Winter has pioneered music that blends jazz, classical, world and environmental sounds into his brew of what he calls “Earth Music.” For nearly fifty years Winter has traveled the world with his Consort ensemble exploring vast music traditions and spreading his vision, desire and message of a balanced music-ecological community around the globe. His goal with his art and humanitarian message is to create a vital celebration of the creatures and cultures of the whole earth. Read moreRead more

7
Jun
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Pat Metheny Introduces “What’s It All About”

After nearly 40 recordings under his own name, this is the first Pat Metheny album where there is not a single Metheny composition represented. But far from being a “covers” album, this a personal view of ten classic songs, some very well known, some less so, filtered through the harmonic and melodic ideology of a modern master with a most individual approach. Read moreRead more

7
Jun
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Living Room Spin: The New Gary Burton Quartet

I recently had the great pleasure of hanging out with the new Gary Burton Quartet in support of their recording. To prepare for the video shoot and interview, I listened to the new CD at least five times straight through and the music captured on Common Ground was even better than I expected. Read moreRead more