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“Don’t Ask Me What I Think Of You”. . : Peter Green (1946 – 2020)

I always said that one of the advantages of being a bassist is that you can get to the opportunity to play and learn from some good guitarists (if you’re lucky). A great guitarist who I played with a great

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Midnight Blues . . . : Support Kenny Burrell

During the fifties and sixties, there were a trio of jazz guitarists who (to me at least) epitomized that zone between bebop and blues, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell. Kenny Burrell came from Detroit, a scene in the

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“Respect” . . . . : Aretha Franklin Receives The Pulitzer Prize

My previous post highlighted a classic performance from The Queen Of Soul,, Aretha Franklin in her prime. Yesterday it was announced that she was awarded a special citation Pulitzer Prize. The posthumous honor was given “for her indelible contribution to

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“We Are Not Worthy” . . . . : Aretha Franklin Live at Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland – June 12, 1971

Last week (March 25th to be exact) was what would have been the 76th birthday of Aretha Franklin. In honor of one of of the greatest vocalists this country has produced, we have the video below of an amazing performance

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New York Movie . . : The new album from The New Jazz Spasms

I am pleased to announce the release of the New York Movie, the fourth album from my virtual band, The New Jazz Spasms on SoundCloud. The album continues the explore the nexus of where The Allman Brothers meets Grant Green

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Ho, Ho, Ho . . . : A Funky Xmas To You

Something to listen to besides the usual Christmas Crap Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means To Me (Tamla Records 1967) Electric Jungle – Funky Funky Christmas Albert King – Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa

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A Haiku For The Holidays 2017

My Favorite Things A Holiday Song They Say “Whatever” I shrugged.

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“All The Blues You Can Use” . . : The12 Essential Blues Chord Progressions Jazz Players Need to Know

I just came across this item from the You Tube channel Jazz Duets (https://www.jazzduets.com/). In the video below, you are given a short but concise rundown of twelve different blues progressions that are used in jazz. Starting with a straight

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“Might Be Your Man” . . . : “One Way Out” – A Comparative Study In Blues

My cable provider has a section of channels called Music Choice which are basically a bunch of audio music channels with each channel dedicated to a specific music genre/style. I sometimes put it on as background while I am working.

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The Deep Down Blues

It is a very sad day. Yesterday my country elected a hateful bully as it’s president. To think that so many of my fellow Americans could not see through his smoke and mirrors is an embarrassment. When I contemplate the

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