Category Archives: Arts

At WSJ on Matt Mitchell’s A Pouting Grimace

‘A Pouting Grimace’ by Matt Mitchell Review: Crossing Stylistic Borders With Ease The pianist and composer offers his most complex and sprawling work yet on an album that showcases the influence of con mporary classical music and unique harmonies. Pianist … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt

‘Honey and Salt: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg’ Review Drummer and composer Matt Wilson’s new album does more than wed words to music—it points toward a new kind of jazz recording.   Drummer and composer Matt Wilson PHOTO: JOHN … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Tyshawn Sorey’s Verisimitude

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Verisimilitude’ by Tyshawn Sorey Review: Building a Bridge From Jazz to Classical Drummer, pianist and trombonist Tyshawn Sorey offers a somber, austere album influenced by Claude Debussy, Morton Feldman and Iannis Xenakis. Tyshawn Sorey’s new album is ‘Verisimilitude’ PHOTO: JOHN … Continue reading

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Charles Bradley R.I.P

Six years ago, I wrote on Bradley who passed away today. He was one of my favorite feature subjects. CULTURE A Dream 48 Years in the Making 62-Year-Old Soul Singer Charles Bradley Is Set to Release His First Album By … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the new Roscoe Mitchell

ARTS  MUSIC REVIEW ‘Bells for the South Side’ by Roscoe Mitchell Review: A Life in Jazz A live recording amounts to a a retrospective of the 76-year-old multi-instrumentalist and composer’s work. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Roscoe Mitchell PHOTO: ELVIRA FALTERMEIER By Martin Johnson July … Continue reading

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Lust Is an Emotion, not an Entitlement

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Dan shared this article on Facebook, which is probably one of many pointing out that women’s clothing choices are not responsible for men’s boorish behavior. These articles proliferate during the summer when women … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II

    ‘Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds’ by Nicole Mitchell Review The flutist and composer explores Afrofuturist themes with her longstanding group, the Black Earth Ensemble. By Martin Johnson May 4, 2017 4:42 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS   Flutist and … Continue reading

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