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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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Posted in Grateful Dead, Jam Band, 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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Bright Moments: Rahsaan Roland Kirk Live At the Keystone 1973

The very first jazz musician I ever saw live was Rahsaan Roland Kirk at the Village Vanguard. It was December 1973. I was in high school and just getting into straight ahead jazz, transitioning out of my jazz-rock phase. My

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Posted in Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Cool Website Alert: Jazz Advice.com

For a musician with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to get better, the internet can be a wonderful thing. I am always checking out YouTube videos, websites and blogs that deal with topics that are near and dear

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Posted in Improvisation, Jazz, Music Theory

“Beauty Is A Rare Thing. . .”: Ornette Coleman 1930 – 2015

It’s a depressing sign of one’s own mortality when you hear that yet another of your musical heroes has passed. Last week, Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist, composer and musical revolutionary passed away at the age of 85. As I

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Posted in Grateful Dead, Improvisation, Jam Band, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Work Song: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band/Cannonball Adderley Quintet/The Animals

As I continue to practice on my Chapman Stick guitar, I have a list of tunes that I am currently working on and a list of tunes that I plan to work on. One of the songs that just went

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Posted in Blues, Improvisation, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Please, sir, I want some more.” . . Grant Green Part II

This is a continuation of my previous post about the great Grant Green. One of the points I made during that post is how Grant Green’s playing is an excellent source of coping lines (or if you prefer, licks), especially

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Posted in Blues, Improvisation, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis
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