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B.Bo Butterbass Fretless Bass Guitar

It takes a very special kind of imagination to reexamine accepted paradigms of instrument design and to come up with enhancements and improvements that aren’t merely cosmetic but represent a totality of artistic innovation and musical craftsmanship-with the potential to change the way in which we think about the instrument itself. Our contemporary consciousness of … Read More “B.Bo Butterbass Fretless Bass Guitar”

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K Custom Dry Complex Ride Cymbals

One size definitely does not fit all with cymbals-one drummer’s Alpo might very well be another rhythm player’s Chateaubriand. I raise this point because these two newest 22-inch additions to Zildjian’s K Custom line of specialized ride cymbals are so far off the beaten path, so wrong-is-right in design and execution, that when I began … Read More “K Custom Dry Complex Ride Cymbals”

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Paiste Signature Silver Mellow Ride and Full Crash

Paiste’s Traditional and New Signature lines of premium cymbals employ the company’s proprietary Signature cast bronze alloy and a variety of hand-hammering, machine assisted hand-hammering and machine-hammering techniques to approximate the dark tonalities and complex harmonic structure of its randomly hammered Turkish K line. As such, their appeal for jazz drummers is analogous to cymbals … Read More “Paiste Signature Silver Mellow Ride and Full Crash”

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Mega Boogie Walkabout/Scout Bass Combo

In an enthusiastic review of the Mesa Walkabout hybrid bass amp (JazzTimes, December 2002), I noted its tonal accuracy, timbral flexibility and dynamic aplomb. I also alluded to the fact that a jazz bassist’s concept of portability may best be defined as having a fighting chance of carrying the instrument with one hand and your … Read More “Mega Boogie Walkabout/Scout Bass Combo”

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Zildjian K. Custom Session Cymbals; Special Dry Crashes

Times change and musical tastes tend to run in cycles. Whereas 20 or 30 years ago drummers were demanding heavier, more penetrating styles of cymbals to cope with the ever-escalating volume of rock, funk and fusion, modern drummers seem to be gravitating toward a thinner, drier sound and feel due to today’s more sophisticated sound … Read More “Zildjian K. Custom Session Cymbals; Special Dry Crashes”

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Yamaha John Patitucci Signature Electric bass

There is much to admire in the superb workmanship and surfeit of tone-shaping options in this upgraded edition of acoustic-electric virtuoso John Patitucci’s signature instrument-the Yamaha TRB JP2 Electric Bass. Opening up the case and taking in the luminous amber glow of this six-string bass’ quilted maple cap (and matching headstock), was enough to take … Read More “Yamaha John Patitucci Signature Electric bass”

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Peavey KB 5 Keyboard Amp

When it comes to addressing the day-to-day needs of working musicians, Hartley Peavey’s Meridian, Miss.-based megalopolis has long been at the forefront of bang-for-your-buck performance, managing in the process to demonstrate to domestic manufacturers how they might beat offshore competitors at their own game. Having initially developed a regional reputation with its guitar amplifiers, over … Read More “Peavey KB 5 Keyboard Amp”

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Pat Martino: Live at Yoshi’s

Living out an ambitious father’s aspirations and his own boyhood dreams, guitarist Pat Azzara’s burgeoning talent was so pronounced that by the age of 15 he found his slender frame stretched out horizontally in the back of a hearse, lying on organist Charles Earland’s gigantic Leslie cabinets, as he hit the road in the first … Read More “Pat Martino: Live at Yoshi’s”

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Thirty Years of Our JazzTimes: The 1970s

We can start the process of fishing for metaphors to explicate the 1970s by enunciating the dreaded, one-size-fits-all epithet that both categorizes an amorphous emerging style and misrepresents the decade’s achievements: fusion. Aaaaahhhh—there, I said it! Looking back at the ’70s now, many politically correct mainstream commentators are far too quick to dismiss the decade’s … Read More “Thirty Years of Our JazzTimes: The 1970s”

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