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Abbey Rader Get Free

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Artist Abbey Rader Abbey Rader: Get Free Swampvalve Pictures 2015 Drummer Abbey Rader is one of the most relentlessly explorative and idiosyncratic improvisers in jazz. He has a unique approach that stems from his rich and multifaceted experiences that has shaped his overall life outlook. So how can all this be told in only 20 minutes? Filmmaker J.L. Rubiera manages it poignantly and with elegant flair. His Abbey Rader: Get Free distills the essence ...

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J Geils Band: House Party Live in Germany

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J. Geils Band House Party: Live in Germany Eagle Vision 2015 It's arguable the original lineup of the J. Geils Band remained in its prime all the way from their splendid eponymous debut album through a series of almost equally potent but ever so slightly varied successors in the Seventies into the widespread popularity that ensued with the commercial breakthrough of “Centerfold" in the eighties. House Party Live in Germany exemplifies how and why as ...

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Jazz on Film: Caveat Emptor

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There are good documentaries about jazz. A person can see the films listed on this site and walk away without reaching for the gas pipe. But, as the furor around the film Whiplash (well, to jazz people it was furor) reminds us, it's wise to keep the bar low. When Hollywood does jazz, it should stick to hagiography and cheesy romance: The Benny Goodman Story, The Fabulous Dorseys, The Glenn Miller Story; these are really just the Lindbergh, Curie and Young ...

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Profound Pianistic Presentations: Jazz Heaven DVDs from Jean-Michel Pilc and Enrico Pieranunzi

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There's more to music than the simple absorption and understanding of notes, rhythm, melody, and harmony; there's more to jazz than what naturally meets the eyes and ears; and, most daunting of all, there's more to learn than we can ever possibly imagine. But fear not, for there are resources out there to help aspiring musicians in their quest for a deeper understanding of music. Jazz Heaven has been tapping into some of the finest jazz player-educators ...

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The Girls in the Band

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The Girls in the Band Collective Eye (Educational version) 2011 That there are problems of race and gender in the history of American jazz comes as no surprise. Music, and popular music (as swing was in the 1930s and 1940s), is a part of everyday life. Why should jazz be any different? Yet the issues manifest themselves in many different ways. In all my time listening to swing bands as a kid, and you could ...

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Rockin' The Wall: How Music Ripped The Iron Curtain

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Various Aritsts Rockin' The Wall: How Music Ripped The Iron Curtain The Video Project 2014 This documentary focuses on the connotations of freedom and innate power of rock music, and its role in bringing down the Iron Curtain. Nonetheless, it's an intriguing history lesson for baby boomers and more importantly, Generation X and Gen Y. Narrated by actor Alec Baldwin, musicians from legendary 60s rock band Vanilla Fudge, Mark Stein (keyboards, vocals) and Vinnie Martell ...

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Eric Clapton: Planes Trains and Eric

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Eric Clapton Planes Trainsand Eric Eagle Vision 2014 Planes Trains and Eric represents a great concept brought to fruition. To follow Eric Clapton on tour and glean insight into the experience(s) on and off the stage is illuminating by definition, especially insofar that this man, the archetypal guitar hero, has the advantage of long-term perspective both wide and deep on the phenomenon of touring in a band. And in a brief interview segment, the main ...

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Bob Marley: Uprising Live!

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Bob Marley Uprising Live! Eagle Vision 2014 Given Bob Marley's status as a cultural icon, it only makes sense that it's impossible not to engage in the truisms of 'what if' and/or 'if only' watching Uprising Live! By the time of his untimely death from cancer in May of 1981, the Jamaican musician had achieved almost as much politically as artistically in his relatively short career span. Marley was already ill and under ...



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