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May 31, 2012
by Stephen Rose, published on TotallyGuitars.com
This is a shout out to Calvin Keys, an American jazz guitarist currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Known for his funky deep grooves, this legendary sideman is primarily remembered for two albums he released in the early 1970's on the underground Black Jazz Records label, including the soul-jazz classic Shawn-Neeq. He has released nine albums under his own name, and has performed as a sideman on dozens of other projects with the likes of Ray Charles and Ahmad Jamal.
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May 28, 2012
by Craig Neely, published on JazzTimes.com
A CD that Calvin has said "represents some of my best recorded work".
For nearly fifty years jazz guitarist Calvin Keys has been a leader of his own bands, producer of his recordings and on first call for his exceptional style as an accompanist and soloist by many other legends of jazz!
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Jan. 24, 2012
by Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune
Calvin Keys is a legendary sideman. Over the decades, the Oakland-based soul-jazz guitarist has performed alongside such stars as Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith, Taj Mahal, Jimmy McGriff and Ahmad Jamal. He's known as a "guitarist's guitarist," one who boasts several well-known ax men among his fan base -- most notably jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, who paid tribute to Keys with the original composition "Calvin's Keys"on the 2008 album "Day Trip." Read More »