Monthly Archives: January 2019

About My NPR Jazz Poll Ballot

Sometimes journalists root for a story to develop, and I think that concept was behind my NPR ballot of the best jazz recordings of the year. This is the ballot NEW RELEASES Thumbscrew, Ours/Theirs(Cuneiform) Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest(Blue Note) Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings(International … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Adam O’Farrill’s El Maquech

This is one of my favorite recordings of 2018, and somehow I forgot to post my WSJ review on my blog. MUSIC REVIEW ‘El Maquech’ Review: Big Sounds From a Small Group Stranger Days, the quartet led by trumpeter Adam … Continue reading

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The Rebranding Project

I write…a lot. I write about music, mostly jazz. I write about sports, mostly basketball (though drill down deep enough here and you’ll find a late 2014 piece that correctly called the rise of the Chicago Cubs). I write about … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the Art Ensemble ECM Box Set

I so wished I could have squeezed information about the AEC 50th anniversary concert and album release into this, but it didn’t fit. USIC REVIEW ‘The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles’ Review: First-Rate Riffs From the Second City … Continue reading

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