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Slim Gaillard – Jazz’s Wandering Comedian

By Armand Lewis Bulee “Slim” Gaillard was a true character. Self-taught, extroverted, a true globe-trotting hipster before the concept of “hip” really existed, Gaillard’s songs, infectious humor and self-invented jive...
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Henderson and Bartz, Spiritualizing the ‘70s

By Armand Lewis In the late 1960s, jazz was in a severe slump and was beginning to re-define itself in a search for a more youthful audience. While some players like Miles Davis embraced a fusion of jazz, electronics and rock, ...
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Monk and Coltrane – Definitive Performances

By Armand Lewis There are very few jazz composers who, when you hear their work, you know instantly whose tune you are hearing. Soloists may be easily identified by their individual sound or style, but as composers, very few ar...
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Kessel, The Original Wrecking Crew

The recent documentary film The Wrecking Crew chronicles the musicians of the 1960s and ’70s who appeared on literally thousands of pop and rock recordings, contributing not only the musical backing, but also countless mu...
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Bill Evans – On a Monday in ’76

Bebop and Beyond By Armand Lewis In 1976, pianist Bill Evans was settled into what would come to be known as his great 1970s trio. Yet, the group would be together for just two years. While his bassist Eddie Gomez had been with...
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100 Years Ago Today

Bebop and Beyond by Armand Lewis On February 26, 1917, five New Orleans musicians went into the Victor Records studios in New York City to record two tunes for release on one 10” 78rpm single. Victor Records 18255 would be re...
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Lars Gullin – Liquid Moves

Bebop and Beyond by Armand Lewis While modern jazz originated in the United States during the mid 1940s, it quickly spread around the world and by the 1950s, there were jazz modernists in most industrialized countries, includin...
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Erroll Garner – Ready for Take One

by Armand Lewis During much of the twentieth century, many jazz musicians had little formal training. There may have been basic lessons as children, but often by high school age, they were being taught informally by older musi...
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The Shadows of Charles Mingus

Bebop and Beyond By Armand Lewis In the 1930s and ’40s the film industry was totally controlled by the major studios. These companies (including MGM and Paramount) controlled not only production and distribution, but also alm...
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