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January 10, 2019
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Jazz has inspired a great many things, and a great many things have inspired jazz, and more than a few of the music's masters have found their aspiration by looking - or listening - to the divine. But that doesn't necessarily mean they subscribe to traditional religion. As befits this naturally eclectic music that grew from an inherently eclectic country before it internationalized, its players tend to have an eclectic conception of the divine. In some of their interpretations, that conception sounds practically all-encompassing. You can experience the full spectrum of these aural visions, from the deeply personal to the fathomlessly cosmic, in this four-part, twelve-hour playlist of spiritual jazz from London online radio station NTS.

During the tumultuous '60s, there was a religious revolution to accompany the grand societal, sexual, racial, and cultural shifts already afoot. Concurrently, the era's primary African-American art form reflected such upheaval in its music, too: Jazz began to push against all constraints, be it chord changes, predetermined tempos, or melodies, so as to best reflect the pursuit of freedom in all of its forms.

This culminated in John Coltrane's masterpiece A Love Supreme, which opened the gates for other jazz players seeking the transcendent, using everything from the sacred sound of the Southern Baptist church in all its ecstatic shouts and yells, to enlightenment from Southeastern Asian esoteric practices like transcendental meditation and yoga.
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Fender announced that it has acquired Bigsby and its assets from Fred Gretsch Enterprises. Bigsby will continue to operate as a standalone business under the Fender Musical Instruments Corp's Speciality Brands umbrella, which also includes Jackson, Charvel, EVH Gear and Gretsch.   
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Here is an essential top 25 countdown list of the best female bassists of all time includes some of the key players in punk, funk and lyrical rock. Looking over this list, the first thing that comes to mind is that it includes some of the best musicians we can name - not just the best bassists or best females. The other is what an impressive number of them also excel at other things: playing guitar, writing songs and being frontwomen. 
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Starting in the Spring, I start framing a holiday song, taking advantage of the visiting artist residences, finding a minute here and a minute there to start the process. I always keep my ears open for something unique to add and last year I just happened to walk by a room and heard some of the most in the pocket rapping that I have ever heard, coming from a second year student. I knew right then that Aaron Hanson and I would collaborate on something.     
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Can Guitar Paint Affect Your Tone?

Maybe Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan was onto something when he claimed paint color affects tone. I buy into the notion that paint, like anything else you put on or in a guitar, will affect the tone. Other people who buy into this idea usually talk about the type of finish used-nitrocellulose, polyester, or polyurethane, the three most popular finishes. To see if there's credence to claims about guitar paint affecting tone, I talked to experts at the Fender Custom Shop and to Fender's Senior Chemist Julio Cedano.
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Got a tube amp that's starting to sound a little tired and ragged? Maybe it's lacking in sparkle and harmonic content, noisy, and/or loose in the low end? The recourse of too many amp owners is simply to sell the thing and start fresh with a new one. Instead, try giving old faithful a second chance via these few simple checkpoints, as periodic maintenance can breathe new life into a hard-working tone machine.
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World famous jazz musician, Roland Prince, died Friday night at the age 69. Prince was universally considered one of the greatest jazz guitarists in the world. He was active on the world stage in the 1960's and 1970's before returning to his home in Antigua & Barbuda. Many thought he had disappeared from the music scene, however, he continued to influence and support young artists and other musicians as an arranger and performer.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2LxVAAoGeo  

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