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Bird

The brilliance of Charlie Parker.<p>Arista Records, a relatively new company that helps mind the avant-garde, has recently purchased the invaluable Savoy Records catalogue, and its first reissue is “Charles Christopher Parker, Jr.: Bird / The Savoy Recordings” (Savoy SJL 2201). The album includes the …

Literature

Fret Zealot for Bass Guitar Available for Preorder

If you or someone you know is learning the bass, then you’ll want to check out the Fret Zealot for bass. The Fret Zealot is a paper-thin LED strip …

Guitar

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington was one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He wrote wonderful, popular, music and songs, extended jazz works, suites as …

Soul Music

Keeping the legacy of T.Rex alive

ENJOY rock hits as tribute act T.Rextasy hit the St Helens Theatre Royal.<p>Endorsed by original T.Rex members, they are described as "beyond the …

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Janis Joplin’s Electric Energy

Two bands, two concerts.<p>When I saw Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Fillmore East last August, Janis Joplin put on the most exalting, exhausting concert I have ever been privileged to see, hear, and feel. Euphoric from Bill Graham’s champagne, she sang four encores, and the audience, …

Music

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix's taste for music came from an unlikely source.... a battered, one-string ukulele

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix was famous for playing with his teeth but his taste for music came from an unlikely source... a battered ukulele with just …

Guitar

Bass Transcription: Bruce Foxton’s Bass Line on “Start!” by The Jam

The Jam was a very successful British band that achieved considerable chart success, with 18 top 40 singles and four number ones. They also released …

Guitar

The World of Cecil Taylor

Much has been written about Cecil Taylor since his death, but Adam Shatz’s lengthy essay in The New York Review Of Books is exceptional. Adam knew Cecil, and comes at this uncompromising artist from a personal as well as musical angle. For those who knew Cecil, this piece will resonate.<p>-Michael Cuscuna

The Top Ten Female Bass Guitar Players

The Top Ten Female Bass Guitar Players<p>Updated on January 31, 2018<p>Top 10 Female Bass Players<p>I got a confession. I have a thing for female bass …

Smashing Pumpkins

Drums and Cymbals by Donald Bailey

Ethan Iverson has written an untterly fascinating story on Donald Bailey who was for many years Jimmy Smith’s drummer. There’s a lot more to his story than the Smith years, including an offer from John Coltrane which he turned down (he would later sub for Elvin occasionally, as you can hear here) and his West Coast years with Hampton Hawes, the Three Sounds and Jimmy Rowles among others.<p>-Michael Cuscuna

Glenn Snoddy, 96, Accidental Inventor of the Fuzz Tone, Dies

Glenn Snoddy, the studio engineer who was at the controls for the historic Nashville recording session that inadvertently produced the sound that became known as the fuzz tone, died on Monday at his home in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 96.<p>His death was confirmed by his daughter Dianne Mayo.<p>Though …

Top 10

The Wood Brothers: When I Was Young

<b>Chris Wood</b> has a way of playing funky lines on the upright bass. Case in point: this performance of “When I Was Young” from Music City Roots Live …

Percussion

The 10 Greatest Concerts Ever Staged At The Iconic Fillmore West

<i>Listen To This Eddie is a weekly column that examines the important people and events in the classic rock canon and how they continue to impact the world of popular music.</i><p>Next month, on June 14, a new venue named SVN West will open its doors at 10 South Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, California. …

Music

Rolling Stones Producer Jimmy Miller: 15 Things You Didn't Know

The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash," released as a single 50 years ago today, isn't merely the greatest song ever written about Keith Richards' …

New Jersey

‘What Does Paranoid Mean?’ The Story Behind the Black Sabbath Hit - WSJ

By<p>Marc Myers<p>In early 1971, when Black Sabbath released its second album, “Paranoid,” in the United States, the band was among only a few groups pioneering hard rock driven by metallic-sounding guitar riffs and wailing vocals.<p>The title song, released as a single, helped push the album to No. 12 on …

Music

Buddy Guy Proves Blues 'Is Alive and Well' With New Song 'Nine Below Zero'

Buddy Guy has unveiled his searing, six-minute-long rendition of "Nine Below Zero," the first preview off the blues legend's upcoming album <i>The Blues</i> …

Music

Joe Henderson, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb [The Wynton Kelly Trio with Joe Henderson] at The Left Bank Jazz Society [1968]  ”They [Left…

<b>Joe Henderson, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb [</b><b>The Wynton Kelly Trio with Joe Henderson] at The Left Bank Jazz Society [1968]</b><p><b>”They [Left Bank Jazz Society] liked the trio down there and occasionally they would call us, maybe a couple of times a year. We’d go down and do it. I remember it being a lot of fun. People used to come and bring food and just set there and picnic and listen to music. Periodically the Wynton Kelly Trio would have a saxophone player. That’s what they liked. [One date,] we</b> …

Four New Videos: Sarah Vaughan

Today isn't the anniversary of Sarah Vaughan's birth or death. I just felt like listening to Sassy yesterday and figured you would, too. She's …

Jazz

'We Kept The Music Going': Bernard Purdie On Drumming For Aretha And More

Bernard "Pretty" Purdie is on the shortlist of the hardest-working drummers in the history of recorded music. The list of artists he's worked with, on the other hand, is quite long: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Lloyd Price, James Brown, Steely Dan — on and on stretching back to …

Music

Reggie Lucas, Miles Davis Guitarist and Madonna Producer, Dead at 65

Reggie Lucas, the Grammy-winning musician who played guitar for Miles Davis and later penned and produced some of Madonna's earliest hits, died …

Music

Bass Players To Know: John Illsley

Following up the previous BPTK, (Rutger Gunnarrson), I found it only appropriate to highlight another late 1970’s popular music icon from across the …

Guitar

Rarely Seen Photographs of of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who at The Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967

The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in …

Guitar

Rolling Stones Rip It Up in Ireland at 2018 Tour Opener

Something happened when the Rolling Stones played "Miss You" at Dublin's Croke Park on Thursday night. At most Stones concerts, the song seems …

Music

Jimi Hendrix's Relatives Sued by 'Are You Experienced' Album Cover Photographer

Karl Ferris alleges copyright infringement against licensing company owned by guitarist’s relatives<p>Relatives of deceased rock icon Jimi Hendrix are …

Guitar

FLIXATION: How the Beatles (including George Harrison) Changed our World

The Beatles were at the heart of the cradle in which our contemporary world was nurtured. And George Harrison was the Beatle whose output was …

George Harrison

Jeff Beck Details His Decades-Long Rivalry With Eric Clapton

<b>Eric Clapton</b> and <b>Jeff Beck</b> have accumulated a lot of mutual fans over the years. The guitarists, who both led the legendary blues British band <b>The</b></b> …

Guitar

Bass Transcription: Anthony Jackson’s Bass Line on Michel Camilo’s “We Three”

Anthony Jackson is one of the most versatile bass players in the music scene and a real innovator in the 6-string bass (or contrabass guitar) that he …

Guitar

The Rolling Stones – every album ranked!

As the indestructible rock’n’rollers begin their No Filter tour, we rank each of their 23 albums, from their 1964 eponymous debut to 2o16’s Blue & Lonesome<p>23. Dirty Work (1986)<p>The best moments on Dirty Work come when the atmosphere of intra-band animosity in which it was recorded is channelled into …

Hells Angels

Stanley Clarke Reveals New Album for 2018

45 years after his debut album as a leader, Stanley Clarke has announced his next release. The Message will feature the bass master alongside his …

New Albums

Chuck Klosterman Discusses The Rise And Fall Of Classic Rock On The Celebration Rock Podcast

Last week, I released my new book, <i>Twilight Of The Gods: A Journey To The End Of Classic Rock.</i> It’s about the generation of rock stars from the ’60s and ’70s that is currently in the process of either retiring or passing away. (You can check out an excerpt here.) For this week’s podcast, there was …

Me Too movement