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Seamus Blake/Chris Cheek With Reeds Ramble: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

Two-tenor frontlines are thin on the ground, but there is a small tradition. Back in the day, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis/Johnny Griffin and Al Cohn/Zoot Sims had good runs. Of the “Top 50 Tenor Sax Albums of All Time” (according to the June 2012 issue of this magazine), five were two-tenor collaborations. Seamus Blake and Chris … Read More “Seamus Blake/Chris Cheek With Reeds Ramble: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”

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Chris Cheek: Saturday Songs

A history of the pedal steel guitar in jazz wouldn’t make much of a book. Basically, no one besides Buddy Emmons, Speedy West and a handful of others has ever played anything remotely jazzy on the instrument. Maybe that’s because its twangy timbre is so closely associated with country music. In any case, that very … Read More “Chris Cheek: Saturday Songs”

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