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Jackie McLean

Jackie McLean

SUGAR FREE By Armand Lewis There was a time when jazz musicians learned their instruments and developed their styles relatively informally. Family members and neighbors, private teachers, grade school and high school music clas...
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blue-note-covers

The Van Gelder Sessions

Rudy Van Gelder Began Recording Jazz Greats Like Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Art Blakely and John Coltrane For Blue Note In His Parent’s New Jersey Living Room By Carter James ~ I often tell my friends who own record stores ...
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montgomery-top

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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art blakey

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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BlueNote

The Look of Blue Note

by Armand Lewis It’s rare to see what goes on behind the scenes in any artistic creation. Even more elusive is the opportunity to see the inner workings of an entire company throughout its most creative decades. While it was ...
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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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charlie parker strings

Charlie Parker and Strings

Bebop and Beyond By Armand Lewis Several generations of musicians did not regard themselves as having “made it” until they recorded an album with a string orchestra. In the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, this symbolized not only...
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mingus

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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