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The Jazz River—In the Land of the Rising Sun—Jazz from Japan

Serious record collectors know that Japan is the motherlode for hard-to-find and rare jazz recordings, for superior fidelity, and unsurpassed vinyl production. Its population is also renowned for being among…

The Jazz River has the Blues

I grew up on the south side of Chicago and so the blues were all around me. At age 14, the first concert I went to on my own was…

The Jazz River Goes For Broke - 100 Shows!

Globe-trotting and genre-crossing, from Oslo to Cape Town, from Indian Hindustani to Andalusian Gypsies, we call this The Jazz River. It fuses cultures and improvisation, pouring in and out of…

The Jazz River—Potions, Herbs, and Roots of Dr. John

Starting out as a studio guitarist and kid producer, Mac Rebennack was steeped in the mysteries of New Orleans R&B, and Fonk. He also learned the mystical ways of Hoodoo…

The Jazz River—Give The Drummer Some

Along with the flute, the drum is the oldest and most organic of instruments. It dates back to 5500 BC and Neolithic culture in China where there was evidence of…

The Jazz River—Spellbinder - The Artistry of Gabor Szabo

In a world of unique and original voices on guitar, Gabor Szabo ranks right up there. Because he started out on a poorly-made guitar he had to hit the strings…

The Jazz River—North Africa and Jazz

The countries that comprise North Africa—Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco are the African nations with the oldest Arabic influences. It is reflected in their religions, languages, cultures, food, customs,…

The Jazz River—Gil Scott-Heron: Deep Cuts

It must not have been easy to be Gil Scott-Heron. Poet, bluesologist, Griot, and whose sharp humor and even sharper political critique became a voice of a generation and a…

The Jazz River—Musical Travels Along the Silk Road

For a thousand years, beginning in 100 BC, travelers across "the Silk Road" exchanged goods and merchandise, jewels, food, animals, and yes. even slaves. But also, they shared knowledge and…

The Jazz River—Black Jazz Records-Revolutions Inside and Out

1971 was a bad time to start a new jazz record label. Pop and Rock music ascended to and jazz musicians were having a hard time making a living. But…

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