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At WSJ on Ben Allison’s Quiet Revolution

I found out about this assignment somewhat late, but I was delighted.  I think it fits into the year’s most important trend:  the evolution of a canon for today’s jazz.  Recordings like the Mark Turner/Ethan Iverson Temporary Kings,Thumbscrew’s Theirs and … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Ambrose Akinmusire and Jonathan Finlayson

Really great new work from leading young trumpeters Link copied… MUSIC REVIEW ‘Origami Harvest’ by Ambrose Akinmusire and ‘3 Times Round’ by Jonathan Finlayson They are trumpeters with similar backgrounds, yet their career paths and new recordings are striking contrasts. … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Turner/Iverson Temporary Kings

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Temporary Kings’ Review: Alluringly Reserved Ethan Iverson and Mark Turner team up on an austere and elegant album that belongs to a growing field known as chamber jazz. Ethan Iverson and Mark Turner in 2017 PHOTO: ROBERT LEWIS/ECM RECORDS 2 COMMENTS … Continue reading

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like. Episode 16, The Big Picture

In which, I begin to envision a life outside of working all the time. It’s at Medium View story at Medium.com

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 15. Friday Night Lights

Aisle 2, Episode 15.  Sometimes I think work is my religion.  Sometimes I think determination is. Here is it at Medium https://medium.com/@martinjohnson_76387/life-on-aisle-2-episode-15-friday-night-lights-b0ec5926b9d0

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like. Episode 14 My Body My Self

Ah, the vagaries of aging, resisting it, and toxic workplaces.  All of it contained here. Yes, at Medium View story at Medium.com

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 13 Dreams Die Hard

Am I still really a journalist?  Are my dreams still legit or just a foolish fantasy.  More existential musings amid the craft beer aisle of a New York City fancy grocery store. It’s at Medium   View story at Medium.com … Continue reading

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