My Top Ten Bucket-List Jazz Albums

A few weeks ago a former professor of mine shared an article on Facebook from the Village Voice that listed the Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die. Usually it seems like the "ten whatevers you need to do/visit/read/listen before you die" lists are things that people probably haven't done, are not likely to …

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Get Hip! Fast: Astell&Kern Blue Note 75th Anniversary Package

Among the many different products celebrating Blue Note's 75th Anniversary (or perhaps capitalizing upon is a better way to put it) is the Astell & Kern Blue Note 75th Anniversary Package.  When I got the press release I was curious, so I clicked on the link and here's what the package includes: -75 Blue Note …

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Jacob Young’s Multiple Sides and the Danger of Pigeonholing

There aren't too many professional musicians I know who can only do one thing. In fact there might not be any. To make it playing music one has to be able to take a bunch of gigs which requires playing in a bunch of styles - weddings, swing dances, funk bands, latin, messed up country, …

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A Little Taste of the Rhythm Changes: Rethinking Jazz Cultures Conference

Last month I was fortunate enough to attend the Rhythm Changes: Rethinking Jazz Cultures jazz studies conference sponsored by the University of Salford and Rhythm Changes Research Group.  The conference was held at Media City UK, the BBC's relatively new digs right across the river from Manchester. I presented a paper as part of the …

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Super Deal – Cecil Taylor Unit Dark to Themselves for 99 cents

So check this out - you can buy a download of "Streams and Chorus of Seed" by the Cecil Taylor Unit from Amazon for $.99.  The 61 minute track is from the 1976 album Dark to Themselves.  Features Raphe Malik on trumpet, Jimmy Lyons on alto, the recently deceased David S. Ware on tenor, and …

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