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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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Somi’s Brilliant Petite Afrique

  I’ve known of Somi, the magnificent singer and songwriter for about ten years, and for much of that time I thought that her music was a great sound in search of a comparable style or at least repertoire. It’s … Continue reading

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Music: Kevin Eubanks at Birdland

Thursday night, just after two friends joined me at a table near the stage at Birdland, one of them asked me “are you reviewing?”  It was an earnest inquiry even if it hit a sore spot.  Concert reviews are no … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the new Linda May Han Oh Recording: Walk Against Wind

ARTS ARTS IN REVIEW MUSIC REVIEW ‘Walk Against Wind’ by Linda May Han Oh Review The bassist and composer’s third recording in a predominantly quartet setting helps focus attention on the evolution of her writing and improvising. Linda May Han … Continue reading

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The Do Over 07: Young Friends

Is 56 the new 26?  It seems that way for me as my current professional and existential quandaries mirror the ones I faced 30 years ago.  These posts are a series of ponderings trying parse the difference between now and … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the Eivind Opsvik disc

‘Overseas V’ Review: A Norwegian’s Vintage New York Sounds Eivind Opsvik’s new release takes its cues from the punk funk era Eivind Opsvik performing in 2015; his latest album, ‘Overseas V,’ is out Friday. Photo: Bernd Thissen/DPA/Zuma Press ByMartin Johnson … Continue reading

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