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Gary Smulyan: Alternative Contrafacts (SteepleChase)

When Bird and Diz took the chords of popular songs like “I Got Rhythm” and “Cherokee” and wrote new melodies over them, people called it bebop. Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan opts for the concept’s jazz-education name of “contrafacts.” This trio album brings together eight lesser-known examples of the practice from the late ’40s through the … Read More “Gary Smulyan: Alternative Contrafacts (SteepleChase)”

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