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Jazz for Jesus: Selections from Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts

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I'm not the first to bring folks attention to the small “c” catholicity of Jazz. Hopefully, I won't be the last. There may even be a big “C” version of it, which I will spotlight in future Music for Mondays posts over the next few weeks.
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Clare Fischer Orchestra - Extension (Pacific Jazz, 1963; International Phonograph, 2012)

Clare Fischer Orchestra - Extension (Pacific Jazz, 1963; International Phonograph, 2012) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Pianist and composer Clare Fischer had paid his dues working with a vocal group along with trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd before recording two trio albums for Pacific Jazz.
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The man who didn't love the Beatles

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Like a few million others, I'm a fan of the TV series Mad Men, set in and around a Madison Avenue advertising firm in the nineteen-sixties. The show's use of music is both pointed and subtle, highlighting personality traits rather than generating clichéd moods. A few episodes ago, there was a Beethoven moment, in which Pete Campbell seemed aroused more by the power of his hi-fi system than by the music itself. Last Sunday, the Beatles entered the picture . . .

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Appreciations: Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill (1986)

Appreciations: Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill (1986) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

I’m not going to tell you, in the wake of Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death on Friday, that I was a huge Beastie Boys fan. The truth is, I haven’t thought about them in years. But for people of a certain age, and I happen to be of that age, the act’s 1986 breakthrough album Licensed to Ill is certainly a musical milestone. Pretty much everyone that I knew had and loved the record, and I’m guessing that just about everyone of my generation, fan or not, had at least one memory run through their heads when they heard the new.

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Jazz Profiles: Chet Baker With A Song In His Heart

From obscurity to status among the jazz public as a more popular trumpet player than Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, and as a singer the equal of Nat King Cole. All in the space of slightly more than a year.” ...
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A Tribute To MCA & The Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys "Jimmy James" (1992) from Check Your Head In the two days since the shocking news of the sudden death on May 4th of Adam Yauch - aka MCA of the Beastie Boys - everyone has been sharing how much the artist and his group influenced their...
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Sacha Distel: Guitarist-Singer - JazzWax

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French and Belgian jazz musicians from the 1950s aren't given nearly as much credit in the U.S. as they deserve. The same is true for British jazz musicians. Ask most Americans to name their favorite European jazz artists from the period and they'll likely run dry after a handful—usually Toots Thielemans, Tubby Hayes, Bobby Jaspar, Martial Solal and maybe René Urtreger. There were plenty more greats, of course, including guitarist Sacha Distel....
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Listen To Sigur Rós's New Track "Varúð"

Listen To Sigur Rós's New Track "Varúð" | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
With an extensive touring schedule before them, a return to North America after a four year hiatus and the recent streaming of tracks ""Ekki Múkk" and ""Kvistur," the ethereal Icelandic quartet are now streaming the radio edit version of track...
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South African jazz reborn on harmonica - AFP

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AFPSouth African jazz reborn on harmonicaAFPBy Claudine Renaud (AFP) – 2 hours ago CAPE TOWN — Adam Glasser has forged his career in jazz by re-interpreting classics from his native South Africa on his chromatic harmonica, a surprisingly challenging...
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Video: Jack White, Live in New York

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Great news for those who missed out on Jack White’s high-profile solo performances this week just hit the web, as the best way to see the Third Man leader live (aside from actually going to a...Read More...
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Jon Dee Graham, Austin alt.country man

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Obviously Austin, Texas has many artists, some great, some good, and some not so good. Among the great ones there are a few who have put their mark on the music history. Willie Nelson is one of the...
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Earbuddy: The Waco Brothers and Paul Burch - Great Chicago Fire ...

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Genre: Alternative Country Rock Key Tracks: "The Great Chicago Fire" "Transfusion Blues" "A Hard Rains Gonna Fall" The Mekons have long been known for mixing their roughshod style of punk with country and Americana.
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Jazz Columns: Duke Ellington & George Wein: Civilizing New Orleans - By Tom Reney — Jazz Articles

Jazz Columns: Duke Ellington & George Wein: Civilizing New Orleans - By Tom Reney — Jazz Articles | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Here’s a timely bit of audio for Duke Ellington's 113th birthday anniversary today: Duke’s appearance at the 1970 New Orleans Jazz Festival and Louisiana Heritage Fair. It was the third annual jazz festival in New Orleans, but the first that George Wein produced under the Jazz & Heritage banner, and for the occasion Ellington was commissioned to write a new work, The New Orleans Suite. The audio file from Wolfgang's Vault includes only the suite’s opening movement, “Blues for New Orleans,” a showcase for Johnny Hodges and organist Wild Bill Davis. Ellington was notorious for completing new works minutes before deadline, but it would seem that most of the suite must have been ready at the time of the festival appearance on April 25 since its recording for Atlantic Records was completed only 18 days later on May 13. Then again, maybe not.

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Narasirato: Warato'o

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In these Solomon Islanders' hands, pan pipes show their funkier, bluesy side, says Neil Spencer... Normally an instrument to strike fear into even hardened "world" fans, the pipes show their funkier side here, while there are western touches in the percussive onslaught: "Mato" is bluesy, "Horoa Warita" has a reggae pulse and "Rawako" rocks out.

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Jimmy Wisner: Time and Space

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One of the hot new trends by record companies is going back into label vaults to find superb albums that have been completely forgotten or overlooked. Real Gone Music has been doing a terrific job at mining vinyl—particularly with country, folk and pop recordings from the late '60s and early '70s. Another company busy combing the archives is ABKCO, which has been excavating its Cameo-Parkway label. One of ABKCO's latest releases is Jimmy Wisner: Time and Space—a jazz-pop album of tracks by a pianist who is virtually unknown today.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops are entrancing at Lincoln Hall

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Carolina Chocolate Drops are entrancing at Lincoln HallChicago TribuneThe Carolina Chocolate Drops are not just reviving the African-American string band tradition.
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IF I COULD WRITE A BOOK … An Upcoming Jazz Book Release ...

IF I COULD WRITE A BOOK … An Upcoming Jazz Book Release ... | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Jazz blogger colleague & Wall Street Journal writer Marc Myers announces the upcoming release (December 2012) of his book WHY JAZZ HAPPENED in his recent Weekend Jazz Wax Bits column.

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“In the book, I write about the history of jazz between 1942 and 1972—but with a twist. Instead of approaching jazz history solely from the music’s perspective, I have identified 10 non-jazz events that played the biggest roles in changing jazz’s direction.

I also explain why jazz styles emerged and flourished when they did as a result of these events.”
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Best Live Jazz Recordings: The Best of the Rest

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This article concludes my series on The Best Live Jazz Recordings that has appeared episodically over the past year. The present installment addresses "the best of the rest," those recordings voted on by the All About Jazz writership but falling just below the cut for inclusion in the original top ten list. This a baker's dozen of recorded Live Jazz that certainly demands to be heard.

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Book Review: ‘Antonio Carlos Jobim: An Illuminated Man’

Book Review: ‘Antonio Carlos Jobim: An Illuminated Man’ | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Sensitively translated from the Portuguese by Dario Borim Jr., this hyper-specific emphasis on the minutiae of Brazilian flora, fauna and meteorology sometimes threatens to pull An Illuminated Man’s focus from the musician himself, but Helena’s close connection to the subject of her biography ultimately results in an unusually insightful and, yes, illuminating portrait of a genius of pride, earthiness and deep connection to the heart from which his music flowed. The author hits all the points one looks for in a biography of a musical legend: the early days slugging it out in Rio de Janeiro nightclubs; the slow but steady rise of Jobim’s reputation as a composer of musical romantic fantasies; his crucial creative relationships with artists like poet/lyricist Vicinius de Moraes and Frank Sinatra, arguably the most celebrated American interpreter of Jobim’s music.

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CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (#251)

CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (#251) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
This set is expected to be released late May/early June a€oeAlmost all of the recordings Hawkins made throughout a 45 year period were outstanding examples of improvisation, but among them were masterpieces by which all jazz tenor saxophone...
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Adam Yauch's Best Musical Moments

For more than 25 years – from the adolescent brilliance of 1986’s Licensed to Ill to last year’s defiantly old-school Hot Sauce Committee Part Two – Adam "MCA" Yauch was the gruff barker in the middle of Beastie Boys' signature give-and-go attack...
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Jazz Musician of the Day: Richard "Groove" Holmes

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All About Jazz is celebrating Richard “Groove" Holmes' birthday today!
Richard Arnold “Groove" Holmes, Born Richard Arnold Jackson (Camden, New Jersey) was a jazz organist who performed in the hard bop and soul jazz genre. He is best known for his 1965 recording of “Misty," and is considered a precursor of acid jazz. Holmes burst onto the music scene in the early 1960s (his first album, on Pacific Jazz with guest Ben Webster was recorded in March 1961).
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John Mayall “Looking Back” 1969 | Rising Storm Review

John Mayall “Looking Back” 1969 | Rising Storm Review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Indeed, 1968 saw the release of both Blues From Laurel Canyon and Bare Wires; unusual masterpieces filtered through a kaleidoscopic tangle of American roots music. The man's earlier material was still more-than relevant, ...
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The Jazz Session » The Jazz Session #367: Chris Brubeck

The Jazz Session » The Jazz Session #367: Chris Brubeck | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Chris Brubeck’s latest CD is Live At Zankel Music Center with his band Triple Play. In this interview, conducted at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Brubeck talks about his orchestral compositions; how he gets inside the lives of the people he writes music about; the history of the band Triple Play; and writing music with his father, Dave Brubeck. Learn more at chrisbrubeck.com and follow him on Twitter at @ChrisBrubeck.

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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Percy Heath

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Percy Heath | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
All About Jazz is celebrating Percy Heath's birthday today!
The American jazz musician and bassist with the Modern Jazz Quartet, Percy Heath, began his musical apprenticeship in 1946, after Air Force service.
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