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Joe Pass, 1974
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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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Davis & Coltrane — The Final Tour

Five legendary 1960 concerts given by Miles Davis and John Coltrane in Paris, Stockholm and Copenhagen are available for the first time in the latest volume in the award-winning Miles Davis Bootleg series By Harvey Kubernik In ...
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Nina Simone: The Colpix Singles

The singer’s stint at the label (1959 to 1963) was a strange and frustrating period BY RICHIE UNTERBERGER NINA SIMONE’S STINT at Colpix Records, taking in the years 1959 to 1963, was a strange and frustrating period f...
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The Best of Muddy Waters

Harvey Kubernik talks to Marshall Chess, Robbie Robertson, Andrew Loog Oldham and Bill Wyman about the legacy of Muddy Waters and the 60th anniversary of his debut album, The Best of Muddy Waters By Harvey Kubernik Few pieces o...
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Detroit Rising: A Cosmic Jazz Funk Adventure

By RCN Staff Down Jazz Records has forwarded the funk. Detroit Rising: A Cosmic Jazz Funk Adventure, on sea-green vinyl, is the latest tentacle of the George Clinton P-Funk octopus of mammoth proportions. While the man himself ...
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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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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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Slim Gaillard – Jazz’s Wandering Comedian

By Armand Lewis Bulee “Slim” Gaillard was a true character. Self-taught, extroverted, a true globe-trotting hipster before the concept of “hip” really existed, Gaillard’s songs, infectious humor and self-invented jive...
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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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