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Lester Young

Lester Young — The Complete President

BY ARMAND LEWIS PAST GENERATIONS OF Americans were fond of giving nicknames to their friends and peers. From “Honest Abe” Lincoln, to Julius “Groucho” Marx, nicknames were used to celebrate someone by highlighting a pe...
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Wynton Kelly Lost in Boston

BY ARMAND LEWIS In the 1950s and early ‘60s, Miles Davis had the band in modern jazz. If a musician played with Miles, it was practically automatic that record contracts would follow almost immediately. John Coltrane, Bill Ev...
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thelonius

Thelonious Monk and the Dawn of the LP

By Armand Lewis In 1948, two major forces in recorded music were unleashed on the record buying public. Columbia Records had finally perfected the Long Playing (LP) vinyl record — a technological breakthrough which would libe...
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thelonious-monk

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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dizzy-gillespie

Jazz Ambassador

Dizzy Gillespie by Armand Lewis In the early 1950s, with the Cold War heating up to a fevered pitch, rhetoric on both the U.S. and Soviet sides ratcheted up the propaganda as well as the weaponry, with literally every aspect of...
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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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Grant Green

Grant Green

THE HOLY BARBARIAN By Armand Lewis Nightclubs come and nightclubs go. Troubles with rents, liquor licenses, attracting enough patrons to cover the overhead and pay the performers and staff are all understandable reasons for hig...
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coltrane-featured

Coltrane’s Latest Offering

BEBOP AND BEYOND by Armand Lewis~ In what turned out to be the last years before John Coltrane’s untimely death in 1967, the tenor saxophonist discarded the bebop and modal styles that defined such classic albums such as Blue...
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haden-hall

Haden and Hall

Duet Masters Together ~By Armand Lewis Some musical partnerships are simply meant to be, even though they may not be long term. Some come together early in their musical careers, like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, only to...
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