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A Seasonal Puzzle

Don’t know about you lot out there, but I want a refund on my 2018 – the one they sent me was broken. Ah well… Here, from the archives, is a version of a rather famous tune that doesn’t reveal

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Auf Wiedersehen Pet

A very dear friend, and amazing musician, Roberto Manzin is departing soon for Berlin. Bruder, du muβt jetzt biβchen Deutsch lernen… So we’re giving him a big send-off gig. He’ll be playing with the Jason Lyon Trio on Sunday 9

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The Set Menu

Here is an episode of a ’60s BBC TV series called Jazz 625 (yeah, our TVs had 625 scan lines at the time and the Beeboid techies came up with that really imaginative name). It’s Bill Evans with his second

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Posted in c) Musicianship, e) Rants & Ramblings

The Jaws of a Dilemma

I was involved in a discussion over on one of the REAPER forums recently with someone who seems to have been hung up on the production intricacies of one song for months. It’s probably my journalist background – the deadline’s

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Posted in c) Musicianship, e) Rants & Ramblings

Camels and Robots

Or putting rhythm sections out of business… Nah, of course, I’d never do such a thing. There’s no substitute for the real deal. But then practising isn’t the real deal either and I was asked a while ago about how

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Posted in a) Soloing Scales & Modes, c) Musicianship, e) Rants & Ramblings

Lies, Damn Lies & Marketing Part 7 – Sick Self Love

Interesting piece in the NYT recently by Frank Bruni. Belated grasp of things, but good that the talking heads are finally starting to notice what’s been going on under their talking noses for years. In a nutshell, the piece focuses

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Posted in d) The Dark Art of Marketing, e) Rants & Ramblings

All About That Bass, Bout That Bass (No Trouble)

I’ve had a question about comping bass solos. Wow. Well, how long have we got… I’ll start by mentioning that I play some “journeyman” bass. I can do a reasonable job as long the tempos are gentle, the changes aren’t

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Posted in b) Harmony & Comping, c) Musicianship, e) Rants & Ramblings
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