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Dawg Music : The Bluegrass Jazz of Dave Grisman and Friends

From the bluegrass/Dead nexus of the previous post, I noe move on to a sub genre of music as singular as it’s name, Dawg Music. The term is what mandolin player Dave Grisman called the music on his 1977 album

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Call To The Higher Consciousness . . : Larry Coryell (1943 – 2017)

I was literally on my way out of town when I heard the news that guitarist Larry Coryell passed away. Nowadays, I am reluctant to write posts on the latest musician to pass away since it seems that every week

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Posted in Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Blues for New Orleans” . . . : Duke Ellington, the New York Public Library and Me

So here I am, fourteen years old and just starting to get into jazz beyond the contemporary bands of the day. I wanted to go deeper but the the number of records one can buy on a fourteen year old’s

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“It Was Forty Six Years Ago Today” : Santana at Tanglewood, MA., 1970-08-18

Sometimes I have a specific topic in mind when I start writing a post for this blog. Other times. . . well, not so much. I had just finished reading “Live At The Fillmore East and West” by John Glatt

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Posted in Classic Rock, Jam Band, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Summer In The City Part 4: The Black Rock Coalition Tribute To Sonny Sharrock (1940 – 1994)

It was May, 1994 when the Central Park Summer Stage concert series announced their schedule. One of the shows that immediately caught my eye was The Lounge Lizards with Sonny Sharrock opening for them. I had seen The Lounge Lizards

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Posted in Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Summer In The City Part 2: John Scofield Proto-Uberjam

It was the summer of 2000. I had just left playing bass in a funk band called Celebrity Hottub (yes, named from a SNL Eddie Murphy skit called James Brown’s Celebrity Hottub) and had decided to take a break from

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Summer In The City Part 1: The Self Promotion Edition

It’s summer here in NYC. The weather has yet to become oppressive so it’s a good time to reflect on one of the coolest things about NYC in the summer: the number of great free (or dirt cheap) concerts that

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