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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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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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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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Hank Mobley: Newark 1953

HANK MOBLEY: NEWARK 1953 By Armand Lewis There are extremely talented artists in all creative fields who do not get adequate recognition during their lifetimes. Other artists are modestly successful during their lives, but thei...
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John Coltrane’s Pivotal Year

BY ARMAND LEWIS AT THE END OF 1957, JOHN Coltrane had gotten his act together. Having lost his position with Miles Davis’ quintet in early 1957 due to a debilitating narcotics addiction, a newly clean and sober Coltrane woul...
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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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Hayden and Bley’s Last Protest, Time/Life

BY ARMAND LEWIS JAZZ IS NOT NORMALLY considered to be protest music. By their nature, songs of protest or political struggle require lyrics. Being a predominantly instrumental form, jazz cannot express musically what can be ex...
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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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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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