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January 16, 2011


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Nick Rossi

I recently found out that Audio Lab was a subsidiary of Syd Nathan's King Records label and released discs from 1959-1962. If you take a look at King Records LPs from the same time period there are numerous similar examples where R&B artists were marketed to white record buyers by placing white faces on the LP covers. Of course, money making wasn't limited to race. Take a look at "Freddy King Goes Surfing" (a repackaging of Freddy's R&B instrumentals during the height of the surf music craze) for example.

Jason Crane | The Jazz Session

Hi Marc,

Jane Ira Bloom was on The Jazz Session last week talking about the new record. Here's the link:

All the best,


Paul Wood

For me personally the stars of the NEA/Marsalis Jazz Masters Concert were Hubert Laws and Kenny Barron.
Now that was a class act.


I agree with Paul above. Those who don't have time to watch the whole program can skip to 35:50 for this 'must-watch.' The other musical segments are also excellent but one can safely skip over the spoken portions, especially a long rambling one by Keepnews.

Paul Wood

Even better, David, simply click on "Just The Music" scroll down and select those segments which interest you. Long rambling etc. speeches detract from the joy of the music.

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