Years of Listening . . .
My next door neighbor turned me on to jazz when I was 14
and a young reed player. He was in the US Air Force, leaving for his station
in Greenland, so he left his collection of jazz records with me until his
return four years later. The year was 1959. I was well-versed in the Glenn
Miller repertoire of my high school dance band, but had never heard real
jazz. Imagine, if you will, how awestruck I was to put those old 10-inch
vinyls from the late Forties through the mid-Fifties on the record player
for the first time and to be transported by the rising trumpet section
bop lines of Dizzy
Gillespie's Big Band, the frenetic energy of Art
Blakey's 1954 "Night
at Birdland" sessions with the young Clifford
Brown, the magnificent interplays in the writing of Pete
Russo, and Bill
Holman for the Kenton
band of the early Fifties, and the pianoless counterpoint of the Gerry
Thus commenced my exploration of bop,
and the evolving
styles up to the present. Love affairs developed along the way for
Basie, and more lately for bassist John
Leitham, singer Karrin
Allyson, and my contemporary Pete
Combined with a Love of
Writing . . .
One of my other passions is writing. I think
I'm pretty good at it.
So naturally I like to write about jazz.
You can find me often at Jazzonline
in bbs discussions about jazz.
I'm also quite likely to post reviews of
performances and CD's there.
I'm attempting to use these pages to present
a collection of my
past reviews and to present new ones from
time to time.
I hope you enjoy them.
these webpages -- The Complete Illustrated Critical Rosolino Discography
(critiques by yours truly)
Links You Need (or just
All-Music Guide (a required bookmark for any music lover) -- Absolutely
indispensible (that's what all the links in the first paragraph
GEMM Search Engine --
Searches an ever-increasing
number of catalogs of CD and vinyl sellers on the Web to find the cheapest
as well as the hardest-to-find recordings -- (never wonder whether you're
getting a good deal again or if you'll ever see another copy if you pass
this one up). Plus, you can purchase what you find online with the search
engine without jumping to the seller's own pages -- without surcharge in
most instances. (Hint: place a checkmark
in both "Best Price Only" and "Quick and Dirty" and it will quickly load
summary information on the artist or title showing the cheapest price available
for each title. Then click on the name of the album that interests you
for full details concerning where it is available and the range of prices.
If you click directly on a price it will automatically place the album
in your shopping cart.)
-- One of the major online CD stores such as CD
Boulevard, and CD
Now . What sets them apart is the ease of searching, more RealAudio
clips than the others, and the fact that you can maintain your own personal
discography at their site along with a wish list (for your own use and
for your wired friends and family to know what to buy you and what you
Jazz" -- Jamie Aebersold's online store devoted entirely
(If you want to skip his slow-loading main
page, here's a quick-link
to his catalogue. The logo links to his old index page,
which I prefer; the underlined text links to his new index page.)
large logo for JOL main page;
small logo to go to JOL's interesting BBS.
Listen to America's Jazz Station
(Click on logo for live streaming audio -- requires Windows Media Player)
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