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At WSJ on Ryan Keberle and Catharsis Superb “The Hope I Hold”

‘The Hope I Hold’ by Ryan Keberle and Catharsis Review: Toward a Pan-American Jazz Sound The trombonist-composer returns with his adventurous band on a new album marked by political concern and wide-ranging musical influence. By Martin Johnson July 16, 2019 … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Joanna Wallfisch’s Superb Far From Any Place Called Home

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Far Away From Any Place Called Home’ by Joanna Wallfisch Review: Chronicle of a Road Trip The jazz singer-songwriter’s latest album draws on a solo bicycle tour she took from Portland to Los Angeles.to create crystalline, inquisitive music. … Continue reading

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From the Archives: in 2016 About What It Was Like in the Obama White House

Good God, this feels like a long time ago.  Several African American staffers spoke to me on what it was like to work in the Obama White House. ‘I Wanted to Be a Part of History’: What It Means to … Continue reading

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From the Archives: at WSJ on Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz To Come

I was delighted to write this and even better, it ran the weekend of my only trip to the Pop Conference. MASTERPIECE Bluesy and Achingly Beautiful Coleman’s ‘The Shape of Jazz to Come’ lived up to its title By Martin … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, Collected

For about five years, approximately 2009-2014, I did a regular blog post called Fromage of the Day where I introduced and paired a cheese then I compared it to a cultural touchstone. Here’s a grouping of them. https://thejoyofcheese.wordpress.com/?s=Fromage+of+the+Day

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At WSJ on Anna Webber’s Amazing “Clockwise”

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Clockwise’ by Anna Webber: Putting a Fresh Twist on Music History Saxophonist, flutist and composer Anna Webber creates music with compelling, intense new rhythms that were inspired by great 20th-century classical composers. Saxophonist, flutist and composer Anna Webber PHOTO: EVAN … Continue reading

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If Pitchfork reviewed a 34th Joni song…

A few weeks ago, Pitchfork published a nifty tribute to Joni Mitchell by having several stunningly good writers review 33 songs of the legendary singer/songwriter in a package led by an essay from NPR’s Ann Powers, who is at work … Continue reading

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