The Jazz of Gary Burton

A sample of records from my collection, connected to Gary Burton Almost any time that the sounds of jazz are spinning on my turntable, Gary Burton can be heard commanding the vibraphone. In my high school days I discovered some incredible Montreal Jazz Festival concert footage of the great vibraphonists. Milt Jackson and his work […]

Improvisation

A collection of hand-written and hand-printed improvisations Recently, I stumbled across a great YouTube clip from music great Chick Corea where he talks about improvisation. When it pertains to writing, improv is a theme worth visiting and re-visiting multiple times over. No one may be able to fully develop the perfect definition of what improvisation […]

La La Land. A La La Letdown, and Saving Jazz.

I expected so much more from this critically acclaimed film. Given the accolades it has received, I expected more. Given the stellar cast of talent, I expected more. This is not going to be a complete review of the film. I will let you all judge for yourselves as to what you think of it. […]

Finding Peace in Musical Pieces

I’m a music person for life. Metal has and always will be my main passion of music. Bass, my instrument and voice, because my singing voice is just workable. Most of the nights that I would sit up writing in the many notebooks I owned, there was always music in the background. Because I was […]

Charlie Haden #Bass #Mondayblogs #jazz

As a teen I would spend hours on end reading different articles in Bass Player Magazine. I was spending more time playing regularly just in the neighborhood with a few others. Others who would be doing the same thing some evenings. Sitting in their rooms listening to music and reading the publication of their chosen […]

Charles Mingus – Triumph of the Underdog

Charles Mingus stood for many things. He was just not a musician, composer andĀ bass player. He was an individual voice that spoke loud and clear. When I first read about the work of this great composer and bassist it was in a copy of Bass Player MagazineĀ  which I had lying around a room in […]