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Return to Forever: Where Have I Known You Before

Last February, on an unseasonably warm winter night in Los Angeles, something special took place in a large building at the fringe area between Hollywood and Los Feliz. On the second floor, in a studio big enough to house a 60-piece orchestra, four musicians were busily working their way through a rehearsal. Stopping and starting, … Read More “Return to Forever: Where Have I Known You Before”

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Bennie Maupin: The Rebirth Of

Bennie Maupin says he’s only learned a few phrases in Polish. But he’s discovered firsthand that the language of jazz can transcend all boundaries. And his new recording, Early Reflections (Cryptogramophone), recorded in Warsaw with a band of Polish musicians, is a definitive display of what can happen when improvisation becomes the ultimate form of … Read More “Bennie Maupin: The Rebirth Of”

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Diane Schuur: Deedle Me This

“Look at me,” says Diane Schuur, a pixyish smile on her face. “Here we are in the middle of weight-conscious Beverly Hills, and I’ve still got a big shelf.” Thrusting her ample chest forward, she breaks out in a loud guffaw. She’s right on both counts. We’re sitting in a modernistic glass, chrome and wood … Read More “Diane Schuur: Deedle Me This”

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Kenny Burrell: String Theory

Kenny Burrell’s office has the cluttered, chaotic, where’d-that-CD-get-to look of a profoundly busy man. Papers and files compete with stacks of CDs and assorted periodicals in his small, corner workspace, the brain center for the Jazz Studies program he has been running for the past decade at UCLA. “I am swamped,” he said with his … Read More “Kenny Burrell: String Theory”

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