Best new contemporary jazz sound comes from sax player Justin Young

This is a totally self-serving post. But if you enjoy contemporary jazz or smooth jazz and haven’t given saxophonist Justin Young a listen, do yourself a favor and check out … Continue reading Best new contemporary jazz sound comes from sax player Justin Young

Cover & Lyrics: The secret to playing Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne”

Last week, I got to see the legendary Steely Dan although I certainly, remorsefully didn’t ever get to see Walter Becker. I wrote about the gig at the River Spirit … Continue reading Cover & Lyrics: The secret to playing Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne”

One dude’s opinion: Al Jarreau’s 5 Best Songs

With the death of Al Jarreau today, another great has left the planet. There were very few male vocalists ever who could match his talent, and there is nobody in … Continue reading One dude’s opinion: Al Jarreau’s 5 Best Songs

“Take Five,” a lesson in digital patience

Learning to play this song, in all its 5/4 time signature glory, is a lesson in patience. You’ve got to practice it over and over and over and over until you get to where you can just play the notes without messing up. All the hustle in the world won’t help you master the precision required to master this tune.