Veteran jazz masters “Killer” Ray Appleton and Barry Altschul have issued fine new albums this year. Both in their early 70s, it’s clear they draw from extensive experience. So how might that translate to making music that’s fun to listen to?
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup has been called the “father of rock and roll” for writing the song that launched Elvis Presley’s career. His own career had a rough start– after migrating from Mississippi around 1940, he was living on the Chicago streets, playing for tips. His unique, though unpolished sound was distinctive enough to land [...]
Little Walter made a harmonica sound like nothing that had been heard before – somewhere between a saxophone and an electric guitar. By the early 1950’s he not only used amplification, he used the amp to creatively alter his sound with distortion and sonic effects. You might say he was the Jimi Hendrix of the [...]