Category Archives: Jazz

About My NPR Jazz Poll Ballot

Sometimes journalists root for a story to develop, and I think that concept was behind my NPR ballot of the best jazz recordings of the year. This is the ballot NEW RELEASES Thumbscrew, Ours/Theirs(Cuneiform) Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest(Blue Note) Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings(International … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Adam O’Farrill’s El Maquech

This is one of my favorite recordings of 2018, and somehow I forgot to post my WSJ review on my blog. MUSIC REVIEW ‘El Maquech’ Review: Big Sounds From a Small Group Stranger Days, the quartet led by trumpeter Adam … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the Art Ensemble ECM Box Set

I so wished I could have squeezed information about the AEC 50th anniversary concert and album release into this, but it didn’t fit. USIC REVIEW ‘The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles’ Review: First-Rate Riffs From the Second City … Continue reading

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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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At WSJ on Kandace Springs Indigo

‘Indigo’ by Kandace Springs Review: Adding Emotion Through Precision On her new release, the soulful jazz pianist and vocalist is self-assured, distinctive and strikingly contemporary. Kandace Springs PHOTO: JEFF FORNEY 0 COMMENTS By Martin Johnson Sept. 6, 2018 4:39 p.m. ET Pianist and … Continue reading

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