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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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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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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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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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Howard McGhee West Coast

By Armand Lewis Historians have dated the dawn of modern jazz in Los Angeles to December 10, 1945: The opening night of the Charlie Parker / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet at Billy Berg’s nightclub in Hollywood. While this date mark...
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Lars Gullin in 1964

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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Oscar Pettiford in Germany

KEEPING TIME WITH OSCAR PETTIFORD by Armand Lewis ~ During the swing era, the bass was rarely prominent in either performance or recording. Used almost exclusively to “keep time” and to maintain the rhythmic foundation behi...
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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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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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