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Dr. Michael White: Tricentennial Rag (Basin Street)

Wynton Marsalis may be the most prominent preserver of traditional jazz, but nobody works harder than Dr. Michael White at keeping it alive. The New Orleans clarinetist has steadfastly clung to the early-20th-century way of doing things for almost four decades, but he always infuses it with freshness. On Tricentennial Rag, he celebrates 300 years … Read More “Dr. Michael White: Tricentennial Rag (Basin Street)”

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Dr. Michael White: Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 2

Clarinetist Dr. Michael White’s second installment in a project designed to freshen traditional New Orleans material with newer tunes done in that same style has a certain charm; it certainly goes down easy. It’s also limited, and some of White’s choices-particularly a recasting of “Happy Together” that robs the Turtles’ original of its pop charm, … Read More “Dr. Michael White: Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 2”

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Dr. Michael White : Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1

Here we find clarinetist Dr. Michael White blending traditional New Orleans jazz with, as he states in his liner notes, “influences and songs from diverse sources, like Africa, the Caribbean and popular music from the 1960s and ’70s.” Since Africa and the Caribbean have been integral to the New Orleans musical gumbo from the beginning … Read More “Dr. Michael White : Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1”

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