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The bigger the legend, the more prolific the tributes. When piano giant Chick Corea passed away last spring it took the music world by complete surprise. His close friends and family knew he’d been ill. Anytime that happens, fittingly, posthumous tributes from colleagues, cronies and fans tend to roll in. More than most musicians of...
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Q: Where does a massive rhino sleep? A: Anywhere it wants to. Please forgive the “Dad joke” intro. But trust me, it fits. Joey De Francesco is arguably the greatest living Hammond B-3 organ player. Many would remove the “arguably” qualifier. The son of B-3 great “Papa” John DeFancesco, Joey is a gifted player and...
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Tune in Labor Day Monday at 10 a.m. for the two-hour radio special honoring some of the most notable pioneers of our jazz scene. Sourced from personal interviews as well as the concert celebration this spring, Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders 2021 will honor Legends Art Resnick, Donald Washington, Kenny Horst, Carole Martin, Ron Seaman,...
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  There’s a minor threat to all of us in the jazz niche: That we may all someday lose the glorious talent that is trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Though it is unlikely. Through his activity as a film composer alone, he has achieved exposure and a visible profile unlikely to be celebrated by many other jazz...
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  As hard as it may be to believe, vibraphone players in jazz are few and far between. If that seems incredible, it’s probably because the ones we all tend to know have really made their mark. Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Terry Gibbs are all household names of mallet percussion and can be ranked...
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    Jillian Rae and Adam Kiesling of Corpse Reviver stopped by our studios to chat about an upcoming gig, (Saturday 1-4 pm) at Palmer’s Patio. Hear the whole interview with music below.  
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  In very discreet settings, admittedly in some of my surlier moments, I’ve been known to say: “Just because you can make a record doesn’t mean you should.”  This in no way means I would ever deign to hamper the creative output of any artist. It’s just that the digital age has thickened the herd,...
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Alice Coltrane: “Kirtan: Turiya Sings.” (Impulse)    In the early 1980s, Alice Coltrane recorded a collection of devotional songs with just her voice and a Wurlitzer organ. Subsequently, her vision inspired her to adorn the piece with synthesizers, strings and even sound effects. She would ultimately make it available as a sort of inspirational gift:...
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    I’ve never been sure why new music is cyclical. Business, of course, has its seasons. Likewise the planet. Music happens in a state of spontaneity, like any  art form. Nevertheless, mid to late summer, like the New Year, invariable sees a lull in activity, nationally speaking. This week, more than any other in...
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  I will start this week with a confession: Brace yourself. I came to terms with this many years ago but admitting it, especially in print, may have me drummed out of music circles and would surely have my hippie citizenship from my native Berkeley revoked. I have never been a fan of The Grateful...
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