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Posts from the ‘Blogs’ Category

20
Sep

Doc Severinsen: A Legend, And A Friend

Contributed by guest blogger Mike Metheny

Anyone who was a serious trumpet student in the 1960s will tell you about the short list of trumpet “gods” in those days. Rafael Mendez and Clark Terry come to mind. Miles and Maynard, of course. And there was the classical virtuoso, Maurice Andre. But none of those legends appeared in our living rooms every night, as did the great Doc Severinsen. Read moreRead more

16
Sep

Charles Lloyd: Transcendent Jazz

Charles Lloyd’s latest album Mirror is a gem. Frankly, we can’t stop listening to it here @ Jazz Online. It is brilliant. Featuring a new quartet consisting of pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, these four musicians have a very special chemistry and deliver a moving collection of music that ranges from free expression to swingin’ to soulful to spiritual. Read moreRead more

27
Jul

Vintage Jarreau

Long before there was Bobby McFerrin, some may remember there was Al Jarreau. Taking the next step forward from masters like King Pleasure and Jon Hendricks, Al innovated his own brand of vocalese singing. Read moreRead more

24
May

It’s A Small World After All: Lyle Mays and Spectrasonics

Last week, my old high school music buddy Jon Shapiro sent me a video clip of Lyle Mays and Alex Acuna playing together live in the studio using new synth technology from a Los Angeles based company called Spectrasonics. This session was not news to me because Lyle had told me about it when I interviewed him for a podcast series a while back. Read moreRead more