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November 21, 2018
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Sixty years ago, Art Kane assembled one of the largest groups of jazz greats in history. Fifty-seven musicians gathered outside a brownstone at 17 East 126th St.-accompanied by twelve neighborhood kids-from "big rollers," notes Jazzwise magazine, like "Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, Lester Young, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins and Pee Wee Russell to then up-and-coming names, Benny Golson, Marion MacPartland, Mary Lou Williams and Art Farmer."

Sonny Rollins was there, one of only two musicians in the photo still alive. The other, Benny Golson, who turns 90 next year, remembers getting a call from Village Voice critic Nat Hentoff, telling him to get over there. Golson lived in the same building as Quincy Jones, "but somehow he wasn't called or he didn't make it."

Other people who might have been in the photograph but weren't, Golson says, because they were working (and the 10 a.m. call time was a stretch for a working musician): "John Coltrane, Miles, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman." And Buddy Rich, whom Golson calls the "greatest drummer I ever heard in my life" (adding, "but his personality was horrible.")

The next year, everything changed-or so the story goes-when revolutionary albums hit the scene from the likes of Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, and Charles Mingus.
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ESP has announced the LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone, a collaboration with Metallica frontman James Hetfield. The limited-edition model-500 examples in total-is a replica of the guitar Hetfield is using on Metallica's current WorldWired Tour. The guitar boasts set-neck construction with a 27-inch scale, and is tuned B E A D F# B, allowing for an extended lower range than a standard-scale model. A mahogany body is paired with a highly-figured, and quite striking, quilted maple top and See Thru Purple Sunburst finish. 
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Decked out in an electric-inspired style and reinvigorated with a new body shape that's modeled after the widely popular Newporter guitar style, the Kingman successfully merges the electric and acoustic categories to stand out within its bass line. It features a gloss black finish, smooth-playing mahogany Jazz Bass® neck and convenient cutaway for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard.
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Joe Perry has a new single featuring Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone and directed by Joe's son, Roman Perry. "Quake" comes off the forthcoming vinyl-only version of Perry's recently released solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto. The guitarist's upcoming tour in support of the album will feature Cherone on vocals, as well as Aerosmith's Brad Whitford on guitar. The shows kick off November 30. 
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Like any good musical instrument, loudspeakers are designed to broadcast their signals with specific intent. They generate sounds by moving air. A speaker consists of a number of components working together. Every change in design, along with the inherent behavior of the component materials, will alter the characteristics of the sound waves it produces. The waves themselves are ultimately generated by the speaker cone- the funnel-shaped piece of heavy-duty paper you see when looking at an unenclosed speaker. But several other components combine forces to get the cone moving.
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The boutique amp boom of the '90s and beyond was virtually born on the notion of recreating classic tube amps from the '50s and '60s. Witnessing the success of several smaller independent makers, big manufacturers like Fender, Vox, and Marshall soon caught on to roll out legitimate reissues of their own. Many other outstanding makes and models have thus far evaded the rebirth they richly deserve, however. Though their original incarnations won fans and cult followings, they remain unavailable to the larger guitar-playing public.
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Leslie Spann Jr.  was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1932. He studied music at Tennessee State University. In 1959, he joined a quintet in New York City led by Dizzy Gillespie. After a year with Gillespie, he went to Europe as a member of Quincy Jones's big band. Two more albums followed, this time with Spann joining a sextet that included Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, and Harry "Sweets" Edison. He recorded with Hodges again in 1967, then disappeared from the music world. He died in New York City in 1989.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjuOvsRJrsg 

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