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    Gary Burton on Lofty Fake Anagram

    JazzWaxToward the end of1966, vibist Gary Burton left the Stan Getz Quartet to Imagesform his own group. The personnel he chose for his quartet shifted over the early months of 1967, but by the time Gary recorded Duster in April, he was joined by guitarist Larry Coryell, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Roy Haynes. But in the summer, drummer Bob Moses had replaced Roy in the recording studio.

    Jazz, Rage and the Rampage

    Jazz, Rage and the Rampage

    Here's a shocker: Alleged Arizona gunman Jared Loughner Images-2 played saxophone in two jazz bands while in high school and dug Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. According to yesterday's New York Times, Loughner, 22, was so passionate about jazz and dedicated to practicing that a career in music was once considered.

    JazzWax List: Lou's Organists

    JazzWax List: Lou's OrganistsLou Donaldson was one of the first alto saxophonists to Lou Donaldson Torso Shot perform and record consistently with a Hammond B3 behind him. He used the sound extensively on the road in the '50s while touring across the country and developed a new jazz-funk approach in the '60s. Here's a list of the groovy organists who have recorded with him over the years. Dates signify their first recording session:

    Tony Bennett, San Francisco and Me

    JazzWaxA week before Christmas I was in San Screen shot 2011-01-11 at 4.40.28 PM Francisco to interview Orrin Keepnews for the Wall Street Journal. While I was there, I stayed overnight at the Fairmont, which has to be the city's most stately and grand hotel. Perched high atop Nob Hill overlooking the city and bay, the Fairmont opened in 1907 and has been restored to its original grandeur. Of all the hotels I've checked into in the U.S., the Fairmont ranks at the very top in terms of service, attention to detail, concierge smarts and panoramic views. But for music fans, the hotel is famous for another reason.

    Alvino Rey: Studio Band, 1946

    JazzWaxIt's tough to get a fix on Alvino Rey. Many people Rey-studio-shot-of-Alvino-Rey-520 who are remotely familiar with the big bands of the 1940s think of the steel-guitar playing Rey as a novelty act. He wasn't. Given the enormous size of his orchestras, many assume Rey led a Mickey Mouse band. He didn't. His name wasn't even Alvino Rey—it was Al McBurney. He had changed it in 1929 to catch the rumba craze. He even disliked Hawaiian music—despite his steel guitar's "Island" sound.

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