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Arranging Tips for Finale®
The Finale blog has some excellent tips for arrangers, including some great how-to videos that will help speed up your work flow.
Artist Spotlight
 • Eric Shenefield  • A gifted keyboardist and writer, Eric has finally pressed his debut jazz-fusion recording, Southwest. Check my review and then buy or download the CD. Great tunes!
 • Juanito Pascual  • Amazing flamenco guitarist combines traditional flamenco technique with jazz harmonic influences. His latest CD, 'New Flamenco Trio', seamlessly incorporates many musical styles and is a joy to listen to. One of my new favorite artists.
 • Sarah Jarosz  • Although she's in her early 20s, Sarah Jarosz is hardly a newcomer, recording and touring since her teens. More of a contemporary bluegrass player than jazz musician, she's worth checking out if you're hip to different styles of music. She's the real deal.
Joe Henderson Interview
Nope, not with me. This one was recorded in 1996 with Bret Primack for JazzTimes magazine, where Joe is joined by John Scofield, also. Great stuff.
Practice, Practice, Practice
This article in the New York Times, Peak Performance: Why Records Fall, cites some research into how the greats become great (hint: it involves the "p-word").
The Meaning of Life
Ok, maybe I haven't solved that one in its entirety. But I'm certain I grok music. For now. Maybe.
Joe Henderson Big Band
A jazz musician is a juggler
who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
Benny Green