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Sonny Sitt

Sonny Sitt — Lone Wolf Alternate

BY ARMAND LEWIS IT’S WIDELY RECOGNIZED that in the 1940s, Charlie Parker revolutionized both jazz and popular music with his lighting fast, ultra-precise style of playing that came to be known as “Be-Bop.” Not as widely ...
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Ben Webser and Oscar Peterson

Ben Webser and Oscar Peterson — One More Time By Armand Lewis The nature of musical partnerships is not a permanent one. Musicians will work together until a better gig comes along or contractual (or geographic) differences r...
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Hayden and Bley’s Last Protest, Time/Life

BY ARMAND LEWIS JAZZ IS NOT NORMALLY considered to be protest music. By their nature, songs of protest or political struggle require lyrics. Being a predominantly instrumental form, jazz cannot express musically what can be ex...
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Four Brothers in Europe

By Armand Lewis In 1947, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre wrote a composition featuring a four-part harmony arrangement for the saxophone section of the Woody Herman Orchestra. Though Giuffre was not a member of Herman’s band ...
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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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Wes Montgomery: Indiana Tapes

Bebop And Beyond By Armand Lewis efore the advent of digital recording and file sharing, if musicians wanted to be signed by record labels, they would go to a studio and record what was known as a demo tape, which would then be...
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Jaki Byard and Tommy Flanagan

Piano Magic

Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard By Armand Lewis usic may be the universal language, but jazz is a conversation — a conversation between the musicians as well as with the audience. A special subset of these musical conversations...
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Sonny Criss: Imperial Sessions

By Armand Lewis Historians have dated the dawn of modern jazz in Los Angeles to December 10, 1945: the Jazz is one of the very few musical genres that has a capitol. The capitol of country music may be Nashville, but the capito...
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Chet Baker, 1983. Wikimedia Commons, Michiel Hendryckx

Chet Baker in Germany, 1979

By Armand Lewis There have been few lives as tortured, yet so prolific as Chet Baker’s. The lyrical trumpeter with the choirboy voice would record literally hundreds of albums while spending much of his life dealing with the ...
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