Bill Meredith

Bill’s Contributions

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August 2008    Albums

Mutopia
Jeff Coffin Mu’tet

When saxophonist Jeff Coffin joined Béla Fleck & the Flecktones in 1997, he righted their ship. That quartet had released three stellar CDs during 1990-1992, but when original keyboardist/harmonica player Howard Levy left, a void was created. The remaining...

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June 2008    Overdue Ovation

Bunky Green: Teachin’, Tourin’, Kickin’ A#%

Alto saxophonist Vernice “Bunky” Green already had degrees from Northwestern University and Chicago State University in 1989, yet that’s when he chose to go back to school while in his mid-50s. To teach, that is. That school was the University of North Florida...

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June 2008    Gearhead

Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Cymbals

There are new additions to the Avedis Zildjian Company’s K Custom Hybrid Series, the award-winning line designed with Japanese drummer Akira Jimbo. A fusion specialist, Jimbo said in a press release that “brilliance and darkness co-exist” in his 21st-century...

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June 2008    Albums

Fuzzy
Oz Noy

Guitarist Oz Noy faced an uphill battle on his new CD Fuzzy, simply because it follows his intense 2006 release Oz Live. But if the prevailing notion was that Noy’s second studio effort would wilt by comparison, it gets proven wrong by mid-disc. Fuzzy starts...

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June 2008    Albums

Aqua
Jeff Richman

Los Angeles-based guitarist Jeff Richman has produced, arranged and appeared on a string of Tone Center all-star compilations and tributes (to John Coltrane, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, Steely Dan, Santana and Jeff Beck) since 2002. His solo-recording...

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June 2008    Albums

Incandescence
Bill Stewart

Among the modern pride of relatively young lions in jazz drumming, Bill Stewart’s name isn’t mentioned often enough. The 41-year-old Iowa native has excelled both live and in the studio with guitarists John Scofield, Pat Metheny and Jonathan Kreisberg, and...

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June 2008    Albums

Lifecycle
Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern

Yellowjackets started out as the backing band on a solo project for Robben Ford, the guitarist who in turn added spice to the band’s first two releases, still two of their best. Ford also made a guest appearance on the group’s last CD with a guitarist, 1993’s...

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May 2008    Features

Stanley Jordan: The Healer

Stanley Jordan’s home in Sedona, Ariz., provides the guitarist with ample living, practice and office space, but if you ask him about its best feature, he literally looks outside the box. “I can pretty much walk out the door, pick a direction and go hiking...

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May 2008    Albums

Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson
Blues Anatomy with Jef Lee Johnson

Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson honors Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson (1899-1970), the blues star of the 1920s who’s generally regarded as the creator of the now-common single-note guitar solo. Johnson was also a vocalist, and second only to Blind Lemon Jefferson...

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May 2008    Albums

In Two Minds
Bill Bruford & Michiel Borstlap

Roughly midway through his current 40-year recording career, drummer Bill Bruford released the explorative duo albums Music for Piano and Drums and Flags with former Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz. The drummer searched for 15 years for the right keyboardist...

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April 2008    Albums

I Got Your Mantra
Carl Filipiak & the Jimi Jazz Band

Maybe Maryland-based guitarist Carl Filipiak doesn’t covet stardom, or maybe it’s his artistic decisions that have kept him from guitar-hero status during a 20-year solo recording career. He’s never lacked the technical talent, or the surrounding cast. Yet...

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April 2008    Albums

Strange News From Mars
Jon Larsen

Norwegian guitarist Jon Larsen started out as an unlikely candidate to release a CD inspired by the work of Frank Zappa. Larsen was primarily a painter in the 1970s, after which he formed the successful Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli-themed Hot Club...

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March 2008    Artist Profiles

Maceo Parker: A Brand New Bag

Shouts of “Maceo!” by James Brown, both onstage and on albums, preceded solos by saxophonist Maceo Parker from the 1960s to the 1980s, giving him rare first-name fame. Parker’s fiery playing with the Godfather of Soul didn’t hurt his recognition either...

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January/February 2008    Albums

Roots & Grooves
Maceo Parker

Saxophonist Maceo Parker has a 45-year recording career built upon being the ultimate sideman, especially to James Brown. Parker’s occasional solo releases have never changed that legacy, or even appeared to try to. Until now. The live double-CD Roots...

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December 2007    Overdue Ovation

Ira Sullivan: Family First

Ira Sullivan is as animated, worldly and versatile in conversation as he is on a vast range of wind instruments, so the 76-year-old hardly comes across as the retiring type. But when he left Chicago in the early 1960s after dominating the Windy City’s jazz...

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December 2007    Albums

School of the Arts
T Lavitz

Keyboardist T Lavitz’s fusion credits include the Dixie Dregs and Jazz Is Dead, but he gets extra points for craftiness in putting together this collective. Lavitz seemed to realize that an electric fusion outing by this cast would be deemed predictable...

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About Bill Meredith

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Native Floridian Bill Meredith started a career as a freelance journalist in 1992, seven years after beginning his career as a drummer, percussionist and vocalist. Aside from occasional sportswriting, his two musical careers have paid the bills ever since. In 2006, he opened for B.B. King with blues band the Hellhounds, a few months after his second interview with Chick Corea.

Meredith has also written for Jazziz, City Link and Closer, and his various bands have opened for Ani DiFranco, Johnny Winter and Warren Hill.

Bill Meredith joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008