Category Archives: Jazz

At WSJ on Elise LeGrow’s Playing Chess

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Playing Chess’ by Elise LeGrow Review: Old Made New The singer reinvents many of the classics from the Chess Records catalog on her new album. By Martin Johnson March 1, 2018 4:55 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Elise LeGrow’s new … Continue reading

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Max Roach and Sarah Vaughan

There are a lot of reasons that I began writing professionally 34 years ago, and I’m still writing today.  A lot of those reasons are things that happened early in my career.  I found great mentors.  My friends and family … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Tim Berne and Snakeoil Incidentals

This is my pick for best jazz recording of the year.  I think it got a little overlooked because it isn’t news anymore that Snakeoil makes great music, but the way their sound has advanced in recent years is astonishing. … 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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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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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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