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September 26, 2019
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The State Department's mission to send American jazz musicians around the world as cultural ambassadors deserves a full video essay of its own.

This part of history has receded from memory, but had a major influence not just on Brubeck, but so many records at that time.

Brubeck joined Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Dizzy Gillespie on a musical tour that reached many countries behind the Iron Curtain, and were able to critique America's racist history while also promoting its musical culture.

However, it was the polyrhythms and folk music that he heard while traveling through countries like Turkey that remained with him on his return.

Time Out was Brubeck's fourteenth album for Columbia Records, but his breakthrough. Up to that point he and his quartet had released a number of live albums recorded at colleges and several albums of jazz covers.

But Time Out was a fully formed concept album of sorts: an exploration into time signatures that jazz hadn't really touched yet.

Joe Morello, Brubeck's drummer, was indeed well versed in complicated time signatures from his classical background as a violinist and it was Morello who experimented with a groove in 5/4 time that became the backbone of " Take Five."

Brubeck knew a good thing when he heard it and gives Morello one of the best solos of the entire LP.

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The new S2 Vela Semi-Hollow model. With a splitable PRS Type D humbucker at the bridge, a PRS DS-01 single-coil in the neck position (inspired by DeArmond's revered DynaSonic pickup, which was used on many a classic Gretsch), and a feedback-friendly f-hole in the upper bout, this Vela seemed like it might go a long way toward satisfying new tonal cravings.    
The introduction of a five-string bass to Rickenbacker's immortal 4003 lineage has caused some serious ripples among fans of the brand. We ran a picture of the 4003S5 and reactions to the new modifications ranged from enthusiasm to outright despair. At the extreme end of that spectrum, comments along the lines of 'Would you add a turbocharger to a vintage Cadillac?' made it clear that certain bassists were unnerved by the new look.

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During the performance of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 2019 Crossroads Festival in Dallas, Peter Frampton brought onstage an old friend and the festival's organizer Eric Clapton. It's was the first time these two guitar heroes have ever played together in public.    
Steve Miller Breaks Down His Songs

Being able to watch the great Les Paul work in his home studio and growing up in a family that enjoyed the company of top blues and jazz artists of the 1950s certainly gave Steve Miller a good start. But it was his talents as a guitar player and songwriter, coupled with his sheer ambition, fearlessness and drive for perfection, that allowed him to evolve.
The Yamaha THR-II desktop amp series is an upgrade to its Paul Gilbert THR line. It features 15 new amp tones, in addition to three modeled mic sounds for acoustic-electric guitars, three bass amp models and three flat voicings for use with other instruments. Effects-wise, it has four delays and reverbs - echo, echo/rev, spring and hall - plus four modulation effects - chorus, flanger, phaser and tremolo. New options include Bluetooth compatibility, a built-in wireless receiver and a rechargeable battery.
Mike Pope was born in  Bowling Green, Ohio in 1970 to well-trained classical musicians and educators. It didn't take long for the cream to rise to the top and in a blink of an eye Mike was working with Michael Brecker, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Chick Corea, The Roche Sisters and Manhattan Transfer. Now living in Maryland, Mike is touring, writing, arranging and practicing music as much as his schedule allows.

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