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20
Jan

Video Spot: Julian Lage

This is the first installment of my guitar etude video blog. My goal is to write a series of 13 etudes that serve as compositional and technical studies, highlighting new approaches and concepts I am currently exploring. Read moreRead more

20
Jan

NYU Jazz Interview Series: Bill Charlap

I became a fan of Bill’s piano playing when I first heard him perform with sax legend Phil Woods. As a follower of Woods’ bands since the late 70s, I was familiar with many of his recordings with Hal Galper and Jim McNeely on piano. Both pianists made the group sound different, as did Bill when he took over the piano chair. Read moreRead more

13
Jan

The Art of Visual Improvisation

While I was working with Brian Blade for his release Mama Rosa a few years back, I was introduced to a visual artist named Adam CK Vollick. Adam filmed Brian while he was recording segments of his album and the raw footage that I saw was just amazing. It was unlike anything I had seen before or even shot myself. Adam’s footage consisted of these long continuous shots which just followed Brian and the music. Read moreRead more

11
Jan

Video Spot: George Benson

The other day I was going through a box of vinyl in my garage that I thought I had lost forever. As I flipped through dozens of outstanding albums I came across the 1974 CTI recording by George Benson titled Bad Benson. Read moreRead more