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For some people, the list of groundbreaking jazz bassists begins and ends with Charles Mingus, who passed away in 1979. Perhaps it's Mingus' sheer charisma as much as the music itself; he was as known for womanizing, fisticuffs, and the…
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Glenn Spearman Music FestivalIn 1998, veteran free-jazz saxophonist Glenn Spearman's local reputation for volcanic improv finally seemed to be gaining international notice. A marked increase in activity, both onstage and in the studio, even attracted the attention of slow-on-the-uptake industry…
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Matthew GoodheartAfter earning his undergrad degree from UC Berkeley in 1991, Bay Area native Matthew Goodheart wasted no time fooling around. Serious about exploring improvisational music, the young pianist sought out the elders of the scene to deepen his ongoing…
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A Jazzman's Life Bay Area composer and tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman died of cancer in his home Thursday morning, Oct. 8. He was 51. A colossal improviser and kindhearted father figure to many in the local creative-music community, Spearman's loss…
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Glenn Spearman Double Trio In reference to his incendiary approach toward improvisation, Glenn Spearman once said: "I'm never gonna quit playing this way, man. ... That's my rifle -- my saxophone. It's also my peace pipe." Not unlike '60s-era Albert…
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Neil Young with Crazy Horse Broken Arrow (Reprise) A Pink Pages writer recently extolled the latest release by Neil Young and Crazy Horse as "playing with the boundaries of noise and music," and mused over the need for warning labels.…
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