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Run through.

A few shots from last night’s rehearsal. We head into the studio today!

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3 things about Charlotte Zwerin’s THELONIOUS MONK: STRAIGHT NO CHASER

Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser [1988] 1. Turning around and around at the airport. 2. He admires the new pair of pants. “Those are some bad motherfuckers.” 3. Playing around with his handkerchief while he’s playing.

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Kenny Burrell cocktail.

I’ve been entranced by the guitar stylings of Kenny Burrell at least as far back as the first time I heard his masterpiece Midnight Blue. So I offer up this libation in his honor. It spotlights (albeit subtly) Plantation’s newest … Continue reading

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Update: the sounds of ROY’S WORLD.

Jason Adasiewicz and I (but mostly Jason) have been hard at work on the soundtrack of my forthcoming documentary Roy’s World: Barry Gifford & Chicago. And after a lot of wrangling on Jason’s part we’ve finally assembled the combo that … Continue reading

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Jason Adasiewicz and the sounds of ROY’S WORLD.

I am thrilled to announce the collaboration of jazz musician and composer Jason Adasiewicz on the soundtrack of my forthcoming documentary ROY’S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD & CHICAGO. I’ve loved the sound of the vibraphone at least as far back as … Continue reading

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Winter Sequence.

Every December I try to freshen up my holiday listening by adding some new music to the rotation. This year it’s a piece by Leonard Feather and Ralph Burns, “Winter Sequence, A Seasonal Suite for Rhythmic Reindeer.” Dating from 1954, … Continue reading

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3 things about Gary Keys’ MEMORIES OF DUKE

Memories of Duke [1980] 1. He leaves the piano to groove to the band. 2. When he was with Chick Webb, Johnny Hodges’ nickname was Polly. 3. “Whether you were black, white, grizzled or gray, any musician would want to … Continue reading

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