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Leni Stern – Jelell (2013)

Perhaps like a lot of jazz guitar fans, I came to Leni Stern by way of her husband Mike, the owner of the so-called “Chops of Doom.”

Gimme Five: Underrated examples of when jazz guys got funky

A look at five jazz albums with grooves in the pocket — even if they weren’t much in the press.

Gimme Five: 1980s fusion albums that don't, you know, suck

Gimme Five: 1980s fusion albums that don't, you know, suck

The late Don Grolnick made only one fusion record, but it was a real beaut. by S. Victor Aaron Ahhh, the 80s. Big hair, big synthesizer sounds and programmed beats. That didn’t just happen with pop and rock, some of these trends seeped into contemporary jazz, too. This was the decade when much of what was considered fusion had morphedRead More

One Track Mind: David Sanborn "I Told U So" (1983)

One Track Mind: David Sanborn "I Told U So" (1983)

As the seventies turned into the eighties, crossover jazz was rapidly morphing into what’s now known as “smooth” jazz (I once heard it described as “sprout” jazz, as in, the music preferred by “those who like that kind of music also like bean sprouts on their cheeseburgers,” but that’s for another discussion). Whatever you call it, one of the majorRead More

Gimme Five: Funky records from Herbie Hancock, Jeff Lorber, Grover Washington Jr., The Crusaders, David Sanborn

This time we look at albums with grooves in the pocket even if they weren’t much in the press: 1) Herbie Hancock, Mr. Hands (1980)The seventies began very creatively for HH, first with the space funk Mwandishi albums followed by the better-known Head Hunters period that firmly eastablished Herbie’s pre-eminance in synthesized instrumental funk. But as the decade wore on,Read More

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