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Pete Seeger, American Hero   During and after World War II, the Soviet Union were our friends. So much so that American communist groups started sprouting up in the United States. Sure, the USSR used So...

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Vocal Champian Champian Fulton came out of Oklahoma to become a vocalist/pianist with or without the blessing of her trumpeter/educator/father who had friends like the legendary Clark Terry for whom she san...

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2018 Honorable Jazz Mentions   As the last of the 2018 CDs dribble forth from my speakers, I would be remiss for letting mere deadlines prevent me from mentioning more of last year’s gems. Weighting (ES...

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Heady Han   Los Angeles pianist/composer Connie Han is barely 23 but her Crime Zone debut (Mack Avenue Records) cannot be ignored. With a sax/trumpet frontline and a blistering drums/bass rhythm section...

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A New Miles Davis EP   Well, it’s only five different mixes of the same song but still. The year was 1985. The notoriously impossible-to-deal-with Miles Davis, curmudgeon that he was, abruptly left...