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West Side Stories

by Lonnie Plaxico

Lonnie Plaxico, Featuring Cassandra Wilson, Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Gary Thomas, Carla Cook.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. West Side Stories
Lonnie Plaxico
6:41 $0.99
2. Climb Every Mountian
Lonnie Plaxico
7:22 $0.99
3. I Want It To Be
Lonnie Plaxico
3:30 $0.99
4. Robin's Dance
Lonnie Plaxico
6:27 $0.99
5. One Less Bell To Answer
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3:45 $0.99
6. Funkadelic
Lonnie Plaxico
10:06 $0.99
7. I Want To Know What Love Is
Lonnie Plaxico
6:03 $0.99
8. Longer
Daniel Fogleberg
3:50 $0.99
9. Duke It Out
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7:15 $0.99
10. Speaking In Tongues
Lonnie Plaxico
6:56 $0.99
11. Your Love Speaks To Me
Lonnie Plaxico
3:27 $0.99
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LONNIE PLAXICO Bassist, Composer, Producer The middle child in a family of musicians, Chicago-born Lonnie Plaxico inherited a gift for music that was discovered and nurtured early. By the age of twelve he had taught himself to play the electric bass, and he was soon venturing into Chicago's music scene, renowned for its mix of jazz, funk and blues. It was not long before the young musician made his first recording, featuring his family's band. At the age of fourteen, having already performed alongside several prominent Chicago jazz figures, Lonnie Plaxico turned professional, playing the electric and acoustic basses with equal facility. In 1980 Plaxico moved to New York and soon began to appear with such artists as Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon and Wynton Marsalis. His first extended tenure was with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: between1983 and 1986, Lonnie performed on twelve of Blakey's albums, including the Grammy Award-winning, New York Scene. In 1986 he joined Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, continuing with that group until 1993. Plaxico was also the musical director and featured bassist for Cassandra Wilson; their critically acclaimed and award-winning collaboration spanned fifteen years. Plaxico's recording and performance catalog is equally impressive for its caliber, depth and diversity. He has appeared with such luminaries as Sonny Sitt, Junior Cook, David Murray, Alice Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Sample, Abbey Lincoln, and Dizzy Gillespie. Just as noteworthy are his performances with younger artists -- among them Steve Coleman, Rachelle Farrell and Dianne Reeves. Lonnie has also recorded with Bill Cosby, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ravi Coltrane and Barbara Dennerlein, as well as his Grammy-winning collaborations with Art Blakey and Cassandra Wilson. He has also recorded five critically acclaimed albums as leader: Plaxico (1990), Iridescence (1992), Short Takes (1993), With All Your Heart (1994), Emergence (2000), Mélange (2001), Live at the 5:01 Jazz Bar (2002), and Rhythm & Soul (2003) Live at the Jazz Standard (2004) So Alive(Sony music Japan (2004 )So Alive USA summer(2005), Lonnie Plaxico's musicianship is best exemplified in his masterful integration of different forms --combining the rigorous technique of classical, the improvisation of jazz, and the rawness of funk into one exhilarating musical experience. Performances: Geri Allen, Art Blakey, Tom Brown & Jimmy Owens, The Chilites, Steve Coleman, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, Junior Cook, Jack DeJohnette, Bobby Enrica, Rachelle Farrell, Sonny Fortune, Chico & Von Freeman, Dexter Gordon, Slide Hampton & The World of Trombones, Barry Harris, Antonio Hart, John Hicks, Jay Hogart, Thelma Houston, Hank Jones, Rodney Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Kirk Lightsey, Carmen Lundey, Junior Mance, Chuck Mangione, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Keiko Matsui, Ronnie Matthews, Mulgrew Miller, David Murray, David "Fat Head" Newman, Greg Osby, Dianne Reeves, Joe Sample & the Jazz Crusaders, Bud Shank, Woody Shaw, Melvin Sparks, Dakota Staton, Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Harold Vick, Jack Walrath, Cassandra Wilson, Allen Youngblood Soundtracks: School Daze (1988; Director: Spike Lee), Love Jones (1996; Director: Theodore Witcher) Videos: Cassandra Wilson & George Benson - Montreaux Jazz Festival (1998), Art Blakey Documentary (1986), Branford Marsalis- Royal Garden Blues (1987), Three Bassists Documentary - featuring Cecil McBee, Satee Debriano and Lonnie Plaxico (1988), Rozalla - I love music (1993) Appearances: Television: David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Charlie Rose, The Today Show, The Morning Show, Joan Rivers Show Movies: Junior (1994; Directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Arnold Schwartzenegger) Major Jazz Clubs & Festivals (US & Abroad), The Score” Robert Deniro (2001) Strange Fruit (2002) Joel Katz PBS and Various Benefit Performances Awards/Distinctions: Louis Armstrong Jazz Award (1978), Charles Mingus & Fred Zimmermann Bass Competition (1980): Third Place Award and Most Promising Young Bassist Award, Listings: Grove's Dictionary of Music, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music Endorsements: Ibanez (Electric Bass), Labella (Strings), Patterson Basses (Electric Bass), Fodera (Electric Bass), Applied Microphone Technology (microphone) SWR amps and speakers.



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Corinne Kurzmann

I've been playing this in my shop and not only I but many of my customers love it..The mix of musicians if perfect and as always Cassandra sounds wonderful..Thanks Lonnie

Ken G.

Jazz/Fusion at it's best!
From the opening track this Album grabs your attention. The musicians play these songs with an intensity and artistry that is sometimes lacking nowadays. From Jazz/Funk/Fusion instrumentals to vocal tracks that soar, from great original material to unexpectedly new takes on cover songs, this album delivers on all fronts. The original songs on "West Side Stories" are a seemless continuation and progression of Lonnie Plaxico's vision from his phenomenal "So Alive" CD released the prior year. Great music from great musicians!


tha cd was great it had good songs on thier. Nice love songs.

Leonard C King Jr

This cat can play AND write!! I first saw him in '82 with Art Blakey; also with Cassandra Wilson a few times. Excellent musician!!!


This album is great. Bass and drums sound so good! I love every tunes. Funk and jazz, what a nice melange!

ruth de silva

west side stories
after i heard these guys on myspace, i couldn't resist buying a couple of cd's straight away. i don't regret it one bit. i love these guys - fantastic arrangements, top class musicianship and a fresh, vibrant feel with a soul that is truly alive and kicking. you will not be disappointed if you buy their music - top class!

Nancia L.

The music and the lyrics are flawless!
The music and the lyrics are perfect! The songs are memorable and the production is full without sacrificing the clarity of instruments that range from bass and piano to drums and saxophone. There’s a smooth beauty in this diamond in the rough, unlike the nuggets of beauty often hidden underneath the glitz and glamour of today’s jazz music. So if you’re looking for what’s real, look no further than here - Lonnie Plaxico: West Side Stories!