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Jazz Label Riverside Records Turns 60

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 04:40 PM Written by

2013 marks the 60th anniversary of Riverside Records, the jazz label started in 1953 mainly to re-release vintage jazz and blues of that time but soon enough began recording contemporary jazz of that 50's and 60's. Some were among the greatest names in the idiom: Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and others.

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'Breaking Bad' Finale Tunes: Marty, Groucho & Badfinger

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 02:25 PM Written by

The title of Breaking Bad's finale, "Felina," was partly based on a 54 year old song that became, and remains, a great moment in American country, western and popular music, sharing the episode's Southwestern locale and raw violence. Indeed, knowing the song as I do, the minute I saw the title, I had at least some idea what was going to happen.  

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Alan Jackson, Peter Cooper Reviewed on 'Believe Your Ears'

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 06:32 AM Written by

To catch up with two recent podcasts reviewing new albums by Alan Jackson and Peter Cooper:

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Zac Brown & Ahmad Jamal Are Both Right

Friday, 20 September 2013 09:24 AM Written by

I found recent news stories regarding Zac Brown's musical viewpoints and those of Pittsburgh-born jazz piano icon Ahmad Jamal reflected some interesting viewpoints.

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Pittsburgh Jazz Legends 16: Jimmy Ponder

Thursday, 19 September 2013 06:10 AM Written by

Pittsburgh has had its share of great guitarists. Barry Galbraith, Joe Negri, George Benson, Ron Anthony, Sheryl Bailey, Ken Karsh and Jimmy Ponder, who died Monday at 67, far, far too soon.

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Woody Guthrie's Country (Singing) Cousin

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 06:06 AM Written by

One thing tends to get lost in the mythology of Woody Guthrie: the fact that long before he became revered as a folk music icon and champion of social justice, he was a popular country singer on the West Coast in the late 1930's. Another thing not known to many: his cousin Jack, the one Guthrie who actually ended up becoming country hitmaker—at least for a brief period.  

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'Breaking Bad' Music: Walter White's Barrel Song

Monday, 16 September 2013 06:18 AM Written by

As Walter White rolled his $ 10 million barrel away from the shootout sight that removed his brother-in-law Hank (definitely) and Jesse Pinkman (maybe) from his life for good, in Episode 14, "Ozymandias," titled ssss a lilting folk tune played behind him as he struggled to keep it going (remember, the cancer is back and the coughing's increasing).  I was startled for a second at the tune, then realized who it was when I recognized the voice of the lead singer. It was Glenn Yarbrough singing with the Limeliters, one of the most respected early 60's Folk Revival groups, alongside the Kingston Trio.

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Hancock & Santana: 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees

Friday, 13 September 2013 12:53 PM Written by

Along with opera singer Martina Arroyo, actress Shirley Maclaine and singer-songwriter Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana were named as 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees.  IN the case of the latter two, it's not hard to see why.

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