Monthly Archives: July 2014

Rudy Royston’s 303 at the Village Vanguard

                I think everyone into jazz remembers their first trip to the Village Vanguard. Mine came in the spring of 1979. Exams were over and since I had an extra week before I had to clear out of the dorms, … Continue reading

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The Iron Rule of Sentimentality in the NBA This Summer

                Sentimentality is the rumpled trump card of sportswriting. The games are actually won or lost on the basis of strategy, tactical adjustment and execution, but that’s as dry as a brand new cardboard box. Better to tell the story … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the new recording by Steve Lehman

Usually when one of my curmudgeonly friends tells me there’s nothing new in jazz, I snap back what about Cassandra Wilson?  She’s one of many good choices; there’s also Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, and many original voices who … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the Great New Recordings by Jeff Ballard and Billy Hart

My job is a lot of fun sometimes, and this is definitely one of them.  These recordings are wonderful and were great to write about.  http://on.wsj.com/U96U7L Music Leading With the Beat Email Print 0 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn smaller … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the new Sonny Rollins Recording

The new Sonny Rollins recording, Road Show Vol 3 (Doxy/Okeh/Sony Music Masterworks) isn’t as good as the previous Rollins disc, Road Shows vol 2. But it’s still an amazing disc.  Rollins now compiles his best live performances and releases collections … Continue reading

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