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    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 […]

    Alan’s Essential Jazz Recordings Part 1

    Friday, July 18th, 2008

    Jazz is one of those topics that people are either completely ambivalent about, or completely passionate about. Even if you’re one of those ambivalent types towards jazz, there are so many great recordings out there. These are recordings that have inspired newer music from genres as varied as hip hip to rock music. In fact, […]

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