Articles by : ed friedland

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June 8, 2016 - 07:59AM

This month, we’re heading back to Miami for more fun in the sun and soul-shaking grooves.

May 3, 2016 - 04:23PM

Studying the great American art form of R&B, I often find inspiration from traveling to different parts of the country and digging into the ...

May 3, 2016 - 10:54AM

During the prenatal development of the electric bass, there undoubtedly came a moment when Leo Fender realized a string would also need to b...

April 4, 2016 - 10:32AM

When examining 1950s R&B, you are never far from the border it shares with rock & roll.

March 9, 2016 - 06:02PM

Once upon a time, rhythm & blues music was simply an extension of swing and boogie-woogie, offering no hint that one day the same term would...

February 19, 2016 - 11:34AM

This month we’ll examine another classic bass pattern from the early years of R&B—one that has no particular name, but is perhaps best recog...

January 15, 2016 - 11:21AM

Welcome to the first installment of my new column, R&B Gold.

December 23, 2015 - 04:23PM

With the boogaloo still lingering in your ears (October ’15), let’s continue examining the funkier side of the blues.

October 7, 2015 - 12:56PM

The area where jazz, blues, R&B, and latin music intersect is a fertile quarter I call the “Boogaloo Zone.”

October 7, 2015 - 11:12AM

Bunny Brunel is well known as an early progenitor of fretless electric bass in fusion, but he has also been involved in instrument design fo...


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