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  • Above Ground: The Guitar Worlds of János Bujdosó
    Hungarian guitarist and composer János Bujdosó (pronounced Yawn-osh Buge-dosho) is as restless as he is enigmatic. His music is first and foremost jazz. But it is always informed by something else, too: rock, metal, pop, world, European folk, whatever. The shape-shifting amalgam can also be as maddening as it is enticing. There is a dark…
  • Tamiko Jones – “I’ll Be Anything For You” (1968)
    Today, CTProduced‘s Mark Cathcart marks singer Tamiko Jones’ birthday with an unprecedented deep dive into the fascinating life and career of this one-time A&M/CTI recording artist. In collaboration with Mark’s incredible reporting, the following is my own review of Tamiko Jones’ sole Creed Taylor production, I’ll Be Anything for You (1968), taken from “Early CTI,”…
  • Billy Vaughn – “‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’” (1971)
    I. While the American bandleader Billy Vaughn (1919-91) is pretty much forgotten these days, he charted a whopping 42 singles on the Billboard charts, often focused on the sound of two alto saxophones leading the charge. Vaughn also charted an incredible thirty six albums on the Billboard 200, beginning with 1958’s Sail Along Silv’ry Moon and…
  • David Friedman – “Winter Love, April Joy” (1975)
    Vibraphonists and marimba players David Friedman (b. 1944) and Dave Samuels (1948-2019) first combined forces in 1974, as “The Mallet Duo.” The two practiced, performed and recorded together – despite their incredibly differing professional trajectories – as “Double Image,” or under their own names, for nearly a half century thereafter. Friedman, a percussion major at…
  • The Adventurers (1970)
    The three-hour The Adventurers (1970) is a bizarre, overly long. dialogue-heavy oddity. Part action/adventure, part soap opera and a strange mash-up of war epic and non-spy playboy travelogue, it’s a film that makes one wonder “what’s the point here?” Think of mixing the battle scenes from Ben Hur (1965) – or some Western – with…
  • Bill Frisell “Orchestras” (2024)
    Orchestras is a welcome, though not entirely satisfying, addition to guitarist Bill Frisell’s eye-popping and wonderfully wide-ranging discography. This double-disc set pairs the guitarist and composer with two distinctly different “orchestras,” both mostly arranged by veteran composer and orchestrator Michael Gibbs. The first “orchestral” disc released under Frisell’s own name, Orchestras would seem to be…