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Lester Young “Pres” in Chicago

Bebop and Beyond by Armand Lewis There are very few people in the world who can claim to be true originals. But, while everything builds on what came before, someone had to be the first. The first “cool” sound. The first to...
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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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Monk and Coltrane – Definitive Performances

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 composers, very few ar...
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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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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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Miles Davis and the First Quintet

BY ARMAND LEWIS ON THE EVENING OF July 17th, 1955, Columbia Records producer George Avakian realized that he had a problem. He had just witnessed Miles Davis’ stellar performance at the Newport Jazz Festival and knew that if...
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Henderson and Bartz, Spiritualizing the ‘70s

By Armand Lewis In the late 1960s, jazz was in a severe slump and was beginning to re-define itself in a search for a more youthful audience. While some players like Miles Davis embraced a fusion of jazz, electronics and rock, ...
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Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land

BY ARMAND LEWIS IN 1975, DUTCH JAZZ CONCERT promoter Wim Wigt decided it was time to start his own record label. Wigt had built up a strong business as a concert promoter and artist manager for a large number of well-known ja...
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Sonny Sitt — Lone Wolf Alternate

BY ARMAND LEWIS IT’S WIDELY RECOGNIZED that in the 1940s, Charlie Parker revolutionized both jazz and popular music with his lighting fast, ultra-precise style of playing that came to be known as “Be-Bop.” Not as widely ...
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