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RECORDING: Montreal Based Pianist Min Rager Releases Third Album "Train of Thought"

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Pianist Min Rager is proud to announce the release of Train of Thought, the third album to showcase her creative, original music. One of the country's brightest jazz pianists and composers, Rager's latest release features an all-Canadian quartet including Nova Scotia-based saxophonist Kenji Omae, who delivers highly inspired playing throughout the record. Bassist Fraser Hollins and drummer Dave Laing (who appeared on Rager's previous discs) return to help render memorable versions of the pianist's varied compositions...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mezz Mezzrow

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All About Jazz is celebrating Mezz Mezzrow's birthday today! Mezz Mezzrow was born in Chicago in 1899 and was one of that city\'s most popular clarinetists during the golden jazz age of the twenties. Many of Mezzrow\'s records reveal his deep feeling for the blues and his playing is characterized by well-thought lines, frequent agility and an appealingly acid tone, but despite touring regularly with various bands and with Louis Armstrong... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Illinois Jacquet: Go Power!

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At the tail end of October, I devoted several posts to Wild Bill Davis, who I feel is the true father of the soul-jazz organ. Davis's superb taste, popular success and treatment of the instrument as a big band in the late 1940s and early '50s helped pave the way for all organists who followed. Coming in at No. 2 would have to be Milt Buckner, who began recording on piano with Lionel Hampton in 1946 and switched over to organ in 1951. Even on piano, Buckner treated the keyboard like a Hammond, all but inventing the locked-hands technique, in which he played a song's melody with both hands moving in unison on four-note chords with the melody note on top. The result was a strong, exciting sound...

VIDEO / DVD: Milt Buckner: Locked Hands

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Yesterday I posted on Go Power!, saxophonist Illinois Jacquet's 1966 album with Milt Buckner on organ and Alan Dawson on drums. In the post, I mentioned that Buckner had created the locked-hands technique on the piano keyboard. Unleashing this difficult approach requires that both hands play the same chords with the song's melody note up on top. Thrilling for the listener, challenging for the player...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Founding Member of Jefferson Starship's Lawsuit over Name Continues

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A federal judge Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit from Jefferson Starship's former lead guitarist, who wants the group to stop using the rock band's famous name. U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Elena James denied a motion to dismiss Craig Chaquico's second amended complaint. Chaquico sued his former bandmates David Freiberg and Donny Baldwin in April, claiming they are using his likeness and the Jefferson Starship name to promote their new group, despite a 1985 agreement to retire the band's name...

RECORDING: Drum Legend Simon Phillips Releases "Protocol 4"

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Drum legend and producer extraordinaire Simon Phillips has released Protocol 4 on October 27th on Phantom Recordings, distributed by AMPED. Simon Phillips is by far one of the world's most renowned and respected drummers, whose style not only reflects his technical gift but also his distinct musical sensibility. Whether it is Rock, Fusion, Jazz or World, Simon applies the same precision and intensity to his drumming, which is never lacking in emotion and feel...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Russell Malone

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All About Jazz is celebrating Russell Malone's birthday today! Russell Malone\'s first guitar was a plastic green toy his mother bought him. Only four years old, Malone strummed the little guitar all day long for days on end trying to emulate the sounds he had heard from guitarists at church in Albany, Georgia. As a child, Malone developed an interest in blues and country music after seeing musicians on television like Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Son Seals, and B.B. King... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: John Wiese, "Duke Ellington and Film," Weather Forever, and More

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This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features a concert of music written for the movies by one of the greatest composers and bandleaders in jazz; a tribute to two of the most successful bands in jazz/fusion; a brand-new work created by a St. Louis expat for more than 20 local musicians, and more. Let's go to the highlights...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 38% Of the Music Business Now Indie Labels

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While it may be a commonly held belief that a choice few major labels dominate the music industry, new data reveals that this simply isn't the case, with indie labels having generated over $6 billion in the past year, and making up roughly 38% of overall music business. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

CAREER: Unbundled: Shifting the Paradigm

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The unbundling, whether as single album tracks on iTunes or the distribution and marketing that once only a record label could do, has affected every corner of the music and the music industry. But a new music paradigm is rising out of the wreckage of unbundling, writes Alex Marx. By Alex Marx This is a continuation of the Unbundled series on music dynamics. Read the previously published pieces here...

RADIO: Radio Still Rules Music Discovery Despite Streaming Growth [chart]

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While streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are growing exponentially, the 2017 edition of Nielsen's Music 360 report found that 49% of people still discover new music on AM and FM broadcast radio. As you can see in the chart after the jump from Statista, that compares 27% who say they discover music on online music services...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: FCC Boss Wrecks Media Ownership Rules in Huge Gift to Sinclair Broadcasting

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While the FCC's Ajit Pai has been working hard to ignore the public outcry against the death of net neutrality, he's also been busy actively gutting media consolidation and ownership regulations solely, says Karl Bode of Techdirt, for the benefit of Sinclair broadcasting. By Karl Bode of Techdirt FCC boss Ajit Pai has been busy ignoring the public while he kills popular net neutrality rules. But he's also been working hard to weaken broadband deployment standards to obfuscate a lack of broadband competition, to gut programs that provide broadband to the poor, killing previous FCC efforts to improve cable box competition, to protect prison telco monopolies from oversight, and to make it easier for business broadband monopolies to rip off smaller competitors. All while proclaiming to be a stalwart defender of the little guy and a champion for bridging the digital divide...

TECHNOLOGY: Who Needs Shazam? Google Assistant App Adds Song Recognition

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Google has added song recognition to its Google Assistant app across all platforms. Ask Google Assistant 'what song is this?' or 'what song is playing?,' and it shows the song's name, the artist, lyrics, and links to YouTube, Google Play Music and Spotify. Move over Shazam... Music recognition had previously come to Google's Pixel 1 and Pixel 2 phones, but is now rolling out on all Google Assistant apps including iOS, Android and Google Home...

RECORDING: Abbey Rader Releases Two Diverse Albums on Bandcamp; the Fiery "Ritual" and the Meditative Soundtrack "Phenobarbital Sessions"

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Legendary free jazz drummer, m: Abbey Rader, is back with two new albums. Ritual is a burning trio set with bassist Kyle Motl and saxophonist Drew Ceccato. Phenobarbital Sessions is a deeply moving set of 16 improvised tracks recorded for a short film by Jorge Rubiera. It features Abbey on drums, percussion, and gongs, while longtime collaborator, John McMinn stretches out on saxophone and piano. These albums follow 2016's successful Reunion that paired the Abbey Rader Quartet with Kidd Jordan...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David S. Ware

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All About Jazz is celebrating David S. Ware's birthday today! David S. Ware played the saxophone for over 40 years. First in New Jersey public school bands, and in informal practice sessions with Sonny Rollins as a youth in the \'60s; then as part of the fertile NYC Loft Jazz era of the \'70s. During this decade, he joined the Cecil Taylor Unit and Andrew Cyrille\'s Maono. He also worked together with drummers Beaver Harris and Milford Graves... Read more...

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All About Jazz has big plans for the remainder of 2017, but we need your help and we have a deal. With a contribution of $20 (or more), we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on our website pages for a full year. In addition to a Google ad-free experience, we'll also present convenient access to exclusive content and allow you to read articles with future publish dates...

VIDEO / DVD: Chet Baker: Limelight Sessions

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In January 1964, trumpeter Chet Baker was arrested at the Blue Note in Berlin. Earlier, at a local pharmacy, he had foolishly tried to fill prescriptions for Jetrium from two different doctors -- a sign of abuse or hoarding with an intent to sell. More commonly known as dextromoramide, Jetrium was a powerful opioid analgesic about three times as potent as morphine. After his arrest, Baker was confined to a sanitarium for just over a month. Rather than jail him the way the Italians had years earlier, Baker, in May, was driven to the Frankfurt airport and deported to the U.S. After arriving at New York's JFK airport, he was met by federal narcotics agents who searched and interrogated him. As James Gavin writes in his biography of Baker, Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker, one of the officers took pity on him and gave him a ride into Manhattan...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Promises to Transform Music Listening in the Age of Alexa? Lyrics.

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We've come a long way since the wild west of lyrics, which are now easily searchable and provide artists with an additional source of income. Moving forward, lyrics will provide essential contextual metadata in the age of voice command. Guest post by Darryl Ballantyne of Lyric Find Lyrics provide essential contextual metadata, information about tracks that can't be extracted and discovered any other way. They can unlock a future when you can walk into a room and ask via voice command to hear sad songs about Paris in French or an upbeat song about tigers...

CAREER: Successfully Releasing Music on a Tight Budget

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For independent artists on a budget, the prospect of releasing an album brings with it several significant financial challenges, with little guarantee that you will see a return on your investment, or even break even. Here we look at how to execute a successful release on a budget. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of Landr...

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