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 ...
Red Mitchell told me that jazz was a “search for your own identity.”
When examining 1950s R&B, you are never far from the border it shares with rock & roll.
Red Mitchell filled his world with acute observations about music, bass playing, politics, and poetry.
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...
Ray Brown (October 13, 1926–July 2, 2002) grooved his way through seven decades of jazz history.
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...
Listening to Ray Brown play the blues is like having the plain truth explained in a profound way.
Welcome to the first installment of my new column, R&B Gold.
A bassist will certainly notice the problem inherent with Amy Winehouse’s platinum version of “There Is No Greater Love” [2003, Frank, Islan...
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