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    Jazz Fusion: A Primer

    Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

    My current music obsession is jazz fusion. This genre got its start in the late 1960’s; many cite Miles Davis’ “In a Silent Way” as the first “fusion” album. So, what is it? In short, jazz mixed with a little rock and a little funk. Of course, there are variations. Some say fusion is “electric” […]

    What Am I listening to Today?

    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

    Howdy everyone, I think it might be fun to chime in from time to time to share what music I am listening to. Here goes… In the Car: I am enjoying John Coltrane’s “Lush Life”, which was the first album he released as a bandleader. On the iPod: I have enjoyed a few albums so […]

    Artist Profile: Herbie Hancock

    Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

    One of my favorite musical artists of all time is the jazz legend, Herbie Hancock. Herbie began his music career in the early 1960’s when Miles Davis was putting together his “Second great quintet”. Prior to working with Miles Davis, Herbie was a piano prodigy with a good amount of playing and performance experience under […]

    Relaxin’ at Camarillo: A Look At Charlie Parker

    Friday, November 7th, 2008

    Being interested in jazz music, I was knowledgeable of Charlie Parker’s existence. However, also being a newbie to jazz, I never really got around to exploring his music until very recently. It went like this: I was reading Miles Davis’s autobiography, and as many of you jazz afficionados already know, Miles got his start playing […]

    Let My Children Hear Music: The Genius of Charles Mingus

    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

    Charles Mingus is often seen as simply a jazz bass player. While it’s true that the bass was his instrument of choice, referring to him as just a bass player is not enough. You see, Charles Mingus (Or, as afficionados often refer to him, Mingus) was an innovative composer and bandleader, and played the piano, […]

    I Like Jazz

    Sunday, August 10th, 2008

    Jazz is one of the most important musical innovations ever created. The soft drink world has Coca Cola, the music world has jazz. Why do I like it? Well, here are 5 reasons… #5: Not much singing: It’s strange, but I’m not a huge fan of lyrics and singing. I am more interested in what […]

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