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On Music

John Yohe
The self-titled solo album Jaco Pastorius (1976) begins with the jazz standard "Donna Lee" by John Coltrane, maybe about the hardest jazz standard melody to master on saxophone or trumpet, but here comes Jaco playing it on the electric bass!

Prince June 7, 1958 -- April 21, 2016
Jeff Beresford-Howe
In Las Vegas, he showed up at a club at 2 am and turned my scowling girlfriend, who'd stood, waiting, for four hours, into a barefoot funk goddess. (At the end, as we walked out of that show, the floor was littered with beer cups and heels.)

The Cello
Andy Roberts
Fingertips over wire and wood / I leaned into my cello for meaning

Slayer!: An Essay in Thirteen Parts
John Yohe
At Musicians Institute of Technology (the other MIT) in Hollywood, California, there were generally two kinds of students: the metalheads and the jazzheads. All the metalheads liked the jazz stuff, mostly, and could play it, whereas the jazz guys had no interest in Slayer or Metallica (and were maybe not even aware these groups even existed) and couldn't have played metal to save their lives.

Bob Dylan: An Appreciation of How He Is Now
Jeff Beresford-Howe
Dylan isn't just the man who made modern rock-and-roll possible, the man who put Picasso, Elvis, Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie and Verlaine into a blender and made something good. He's probably the best and most important songwriter the country's ever had.

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