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You've Listened To This Bassist Hundreds Or Thousands Of Times But Probably Never Heard Her Name

Carol Kaye is one of the greatest musicians of all time but sorely underappreciated.<p>​The sun is incomprehensibly big, and as such, most of the things …

Dollar General

Watch an Animated Visualization of the Bass Line for the Motown Classic, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

<i>Jamerson is the</i> <i>Schoenberg</i> <i>of getting from the I chord to the IV chord. He’s algorithmically generating a new pattern every phrase…[He] belongs with</i> …

5 Tips From Questlove on How to Be More Creative

“I like to think of myself more like a student,” says Questlove, who nevertheless takes on the role of teacher in his excellent new book, <i>Creative</i> …

John Mayall

A cliche it may be, but John Mayall’s band really has been an academy for the Blues. The alumni of the various manifestations of his bands, from the …

Bob Dylan’s ‘Going Electric’ Guitar Headed to Auction

<b>UPDATE</b>: Bob Dylan’s “Going Electric” guitar sold for $490,000 on Saturday as part of Julien’s Auction’s Music Icons auction. <b></b><p><b>***</b><p>The 1965 Fender …

Review: Waterfield’s Muzetto Leather is a spacious over-the-shoulder bag w/ laptops in mind

This month, I decided to finally graduate from the backpack I’ve been using since starting college. As I was considering what my needs really are now that college is mostly out of the way, I decided to look for something that would accommodate a laptop as its primary purpose. But I really didn’t …

The Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’ EP That Coincided With Controversy

It was in the 1950s that record companies spotted an opportunity to release a new format that occupied a space between singles and long playing …

The Beatles’ Marathon ‘Please Please Me’ Session, Hour by Hour

The last notes of “Please Please Me” still hung in the stale air of EMI’s Studio Two on November 26th, 1962, when George Martin’s disembodied voice …

The House That Hendrix Built: Inside the Birth of the Record Plant

It was the winter of 1967–68, and Jimi Hendrix was looking for a recording studio in New York. His second album, <i>Axis: Bold as Love</i>, was an FM-radio …

Steve Kimock, Larry Ochs, Reed Mathis & Others To Celebrate John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’

Sweetwater Music Hall will host an impressive lineup of musicians performing a celebration of the music of John Coltrane’s <i>A Love Supreme</i> next year. …

Tracking fitness goals in the New Year with iPhone and Apple Watch

No matter your goals, staying focused on a fitness regimen doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Luckily, Apple’s App Store has just the apps that can help you hit your fitness goals. Armed with an iPhone in hand or an Apple Watch on the wrist, you can make your fitness New Year’s Resolutions a new …

Apple Watch

Roswell Rudd Dies at 82

Roswell Rudd, a onetime Dixieland trombonist who became arguably the instrument’s first major practitioner in the avant-garde jazz movement, died …

Horns

Booker T & The MG’s on ‘Green Onions’: “We’d never rehearsed it…”

The Stax group recall how they recorded an instrumental classic<p><i>Originally published in Uncut’s Take 146 issue. Words: Nick Hasted</i><p>“I used to tell all …

Paul McCartney is Dead: Music’s Most WTF Conspiracy Theories, Explained

The bigger the name, the weirder the theory.<p>Paul McCartney became a household name when he rose to prominence as part of the Beatles in the 1960s, …

John Coltrane Draws a Mysterious Diagram Illustrating the Mathematical & Mystical Qualities of Music

In a post earlier this year, we wrote about a drawing John Coltrane gave his friend and mentor Yusef Lateef, who reproduced it in his book <i>Repository</i> …

Secret Music

Audio brought to you by curio.io, a <i>Lapham’s Quarterly</i> partner<p><b>T</b>he first time I heard <i>The Queen’s Suite</i>, I was at work, listening to a collection of …

How to use Evernote to organize your life

Never forget the important stuff<p>Finding a great note-taking app is like finding the perfect pair of jeans. They’re hard to come across, but once you do, you’ll always stick with them. The same goes for the best smartphone apps. Some people might still prefer the old, foolproof method of taking …

Apps

John Lennon’s Phantom V: The Story of the Psychedelic Beatle-Mobile

“You swine! How dare you do that to a Rolls-Royce!” So screamed an outraged Englishwoman as John Lennon‘s Phantom V cruised past on London’s posh …

Why The 'Sgt. Pepper's' Cover Art Matters As Much As The Music

Fifty years ago, The Beatles released <i>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band</i>. It's acknowledged nearly universally as one of the most well-known and influential rock albums of all time — and critic Colin Fleming argues that the artwork on the cover is just as important as the music.<p>The <i>Sgt. Pepper's</i> …

In A Lost Concert, Jaco Pastorius Sounded The Rhythm Of The City

Known for his work with Weather Report, Joni Mitchell and Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius was one of the most inventive bass players in music history. He is the only electric bassist in <i>DownBeat</i> magazine's Jazz Hall of Fame. But like with many musical geniuses, alcohol and drugs took a toll — as did his …

See Doors’ John Densmore Recall ‘Spiritual but Cathartic’ John Coltrane Gig

In a scene from the new John Coltrane documentary <i>Chasing Trane</i>, Doors drummer John Densmore recalls attending an awe-inspiring yet divisive …

See Art Kane's Most Memorable Music Portraits

On a Sunday morning in August 1958, Art Kane waited on E. 126th Street in Harlem. He was waiting for Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, …

Art

The Quiet Genius of George Harrison as Expressed in His Iconic Song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’

In a truly passionate video, YouTuber The Holly Hobs paid beautiful tribute to the quiet genius of George Harrison, the youngest Beatle who was also …

Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Artwork: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

It’s one thing for an album to come along and press itself so deeply into the culture that little feels the same after its arrival, but what are the …

Dominic Miller: From Sting to ECM

Support All About Jazz and Jazz Near You!<p>If you shop at any of the stores below, please initiate your purchase from All About Jazz. When you do, All …

'Sweet Dillard' and 'Chasing Trane' bring jazz rhythms to the big screen

Jazz can look as great as it sounds, and two new documentaries playing the DOC10 Film Festival in coming days will underscore the point.<p>Granted, neither "Sweet Dillard" nor "Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary" ranks with the best of the genre. That's a high bar to meet when you consider …

Premiere: Jaco Pastorius “Bluesette” from Forthcoming Archival Live Album

<i>Live photo by Tom Copi</i><p>On June 27, 1982, electric bass innovator Jaco Pastorius, who had recently parted ways with Weather Report, performed at New …

Gil Evans and Ten

With all the momentous passings in music this past year—Prince, Bowie, Merle Haggard, Glenn Frey, Leonard Cohen—it has become harder to remember all …

Audiophile

John Coltrane Documentary Chasing Trane Coming to Theaters

A new trailer has been released for a forthcoming documentary about John Coltrane, titled <i>Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Story.</i> Watch it below via <i>Vanity Fair</i>. Combining archival footage, photographs and performances, the film tells the story of the jazz musician's short but powerful life. Since …

Just Who Was Gil Evans?

Born on 13 May 1912, in Toronto, Canada, Gil Evans’ mother married a miner named John A Evans following the death of her son’s father. The family …