Interview: Junior Mance (Part 3) - JazzWax

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January 07, 2011


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Ed Leimbacher

The silence is deafening... Is it that guys named Jr./Junior aren't taken seriously enough? That Mance seemed (still seems) to have the sunny disposition and easy unchallenging style (I think Billy Taylor fits in here too) suited to anything from blues to pop, no matter how much Jazz along the way? If his life isn't a soap opera and the playing comes easy too, can a musician get sufficient respect? This was a terrific interview and should be so acknowledged.

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