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Art Blakely in England 1961

By Armand Lewis Jazz has a rich history of mentoring — notably King Oliver’s mentoring of a young Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker’s mentoring of a teenaged Miles Davis. Davis himself subsequently mentored a number of j...
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Thelonious Monk Returns to Paris

BEBOP AND BEYOND 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 comp...
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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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Joe Pass – Encore in ’64

BY ARMAND LEWIS It’s often said that practice makes perfect. There are few better examples of that fact than the music of guitarist Joe Pass. At his father’s insistence, Pass practiced for roughly six hours a day starti...
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Stan Getz at Cafe Montmartre

By Armand Lewis The 1950s and early ‘60s may have been the greatest era of jazz, but it was not that great for many of the American musicians who played it. The difficulties the working jazz musician faced included the preval...
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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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Moondog — On the Sidewalks of New York

BY ARMAND LEWIS LOUIS HARDIN WORE MANY hats: composer, poet, street musician and in the words of composers Phillip Glass and Steve Reich, “the founder of minimalism.” But Hardin’s favorite hat was a leather Viking helmet...
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Sonny Rollins Goes Way Out West

By Armand Lewis In the 1860s, New York Trib-une editor Horace Greeley saw the opening and settlement of the American West as an unprecedented opportunity and famously wrote in an editorial “Go West, young man.” One hundred ...
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On the Road Again

SONNY ROLLINS – ON THE ROAD AGAIN By Armand Lewis While some of the originators of modern jazz lived to see the digital age arrive in the 1980s, there are precious few still around today releasing new music — let alone ...
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