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Oscar Pettiford

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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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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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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100 Years Ago Today

Bebop and Beyond by Armand Lewis On February 26, 1917, five New Orleans musicians went into the Victor Records studios in New York City to record two tunes for release on one 10” 78rpm single. Victor Records 18255 would be re...
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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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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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Bill Evans – On a Monday in ’76

Bebop and Beyond By Armand Lewis In 1976, pianist Bill Evans was settled into what would come to be known as his great 1970s trio. Yet, the group would be together for just two years. While his bassist Eddie Gomez had been with...
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Tubby Hayes

THE TEMPO RECORDINGS by Armand Lewis~ ost people think of jazz as a particularly American art form. While it certainly had its beginnings and primary development in the U.S., there were many prominent players elsewhere in the w...
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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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