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A Novel Hero Passionate About Jazz

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The fictional police officer Harry Bosch is the hero of numerous novels by the American thriller writer Michael Connelly. The author himself fell for jazz and passed his passion to the character. As a result, the style of music plays a significant role in all of Connelly's Harry Bosch novels. In a sense, it functions as the ideal background for the dark stories, which have been expressed in the TV series for the books. In the Amazon Prime show, Bosch viewers get a good impression of the musical taste of the author and his hero. Jazz In Connelly’s central work...

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Eddie Van Halen Died At the Age Of 65

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For decades he had been considered as one of the most exceptional guitarists and had a decisive influence on the sound of the 1980s. We're talking about Eddie Van Halen. The musician, who rose to superstar with his band Van Halen, passed away from cancer earlier this week. His son announced that on Twitter. Van Halen founded the band named after them together with his brother Alex. That celebrated its biggest hit in 1984 with the song Jump. Eddie Van Halen himself went down in music history with a single guitar solo. guitar The musician had been fighting cancer for...

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Jazz For Every Mood

Jazz has many shapes and forms that only grow as this eccentric genre touches more cultures and musicians along the way. This wide range gives it a huge range of applications and in turn may conjure up all manner of feelings in the listener. Today many people try to find a sound that fits their current mood or the state of mind they wish to be in, Jazz is perfect for this as its many iterations give it a whole spectrum of feelings from deeply troubled to lively dance. Here are just a handful of the many styles and moods...

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Exceptional Blues Guitarists

Eric Gales Eric Gales Known as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Gales has guitar mastery in his veins as his grandfather was known to jam with pioneers of the day, meanwhile his brothers taught him how to play at the ripe old age of four. What is instantly notable about gales is his odd left-handed play style which gives him the ability to fret with his dominant hand. This and his unquestionable talent for the instrument result in a musician who is absolutely mind boggling at the helm of an axe. Fond of laying down steady blues lines...

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6 Jazztronic Bands You Need to Hear

6 Jazztronic Bands You Need to Hear Freddie Joachim Influenced by all genres of music as he grew up collecting records and loving everything that hit his ears, by the 1990s Joachim started DJing and began his own journey of musicianship. Its clear that his eclectic taste merged into his own particular style which comes through a heavy hip-hop filter, mainly building a foundation over head bopping beats. From here elements of jazz piano, modern electronic production, R&B and more can be heard throughout his highly popular tracks. Elusive Creating rich ambient surroundings often, this LA based musician clearly has...

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Popular Current Jazz Artists

Jazz has gone all over the world in modern times since the movement’s beginnings in New Orleans, USA. The classical jazz instrumentations played in new ways provide a relaxing background to chilled out café and bar settings as summer jazz festivals have become popular in recent years. The soulful vocals of jazz singers usually get the most attention, but don’t dismiss the importance of the band behind them. Here are the current most acclaimed jazz bands and performers... Gregory Porter Gregory Porter Gregory Porter is one of the stand-out current American jazz singers. As well as a stunning vocal range,...

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Blues Rock Origins, the Birth of a Legendary Genre – Pt. 2

Although both blues and rock have shared common characteristics throughout history, blues-rock is a distinct genre whose birth dates back to the 1960s and still captivates fans around the world. This genre, originally British, was developed with the formation of musical groups by artists such as Alexis Korner and John Mayall, and several bands such as Free, Savoy Brown and the initial formations of Fleetwood Mac; and other American interpreters such as Johnny Winter, Paul Butterfield, and Canned Heat that also were pioneers of this genre. Jimi Hendrix, with his revolutionary and innovative musical style when it comes to playing...

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Blues Rock Origins, the Birth of a Legendary Genre – Pt. 1

Blues-rock is a music genre that emerged in England in the 60s, when blues was languishing in the United States. This last genre was the source of inspiration for almost every British band of the time. Although blues lovers didn’t agree with the use of electric guitars, the power of that -relatively- new instrument excited musicians such as Sir Eric Clapton and Mark Taylor, who later on joined the mythical band, The Rolling Stones. As rock became more psychedelic, it moved away from its root: blues. But even Jimmy Page, of Led Zeppelin, recognized that in 1968 many of his...

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Jazz Music: Rhythm, Harmony, and Melody

Jazz is a remarkably dynamic musical art. At the beginning of the 20th century it began to bear its first fruits, only half a century later, just after the mid-50s, it had already covered a very wide range of styles, quite different from each other, although all of them were based on new musical parameters, in an unleashed musical creativity and the amazing technique of its protagonists. Let's analyze some of its musical parameters, such as rhythm, melody, and harmony. Rhythm The uniqueness of rhythm in jazz derives from two main sources: that the musicians call "swing" and the concept...

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Dealings with the Devil: The Legend of Robert Johnson

One of the most enigmatic, mysterious and celebrated musicians of all time – Robert Leroy Johnson only ever recorded two records during his short career. However, his legacy lives on long in musical history. Born in the poor town of Hazlehurst in the Mississippi Delta region of the American South in the 1910s, much of his life is poorly documented. In fact, only two verified photographs of this legendary performer exist. The mystery surrounding much of Robert Johnson’s time on Earth has led to a whole series of legends and tales swirling like thick cigar smoke around the facts of...

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