Category Archives: Jazz

At WSJ on Aaron Parks and the duo of Walter Smith and Matthew Stevens: Jazz Comfort Food

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man’ and ‘In Common 2’ Reviews: Jazz’s Take on Comfort Food Tasty new releases from pianist Aaron Parks and the duo of saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens are … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Liberty Ellman’s Last Desert

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Last Desert’ by Liberty Ellman Review: Moving Out of His Own Shadow The new album from the jazz guitarist might be even more influential than his 2015 record ‘Radiate.’ Jazz guitarist Liberty Ellman PHOTO: ALAN NAHIGIAN By Martin Johnson May … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Jazz Livestreams

This was a quick and dirty rundown done in response to the early days of the pandemic. The Staying Inside Guide: Taking Improvisation to a Whole New Level Livestreamed concerts by jazz musicians reinvent the typical performance for times of … Continue reading

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At WSJ on John McLaughlin’s Excellent Is That So.

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Is That So?’ by John McLaughlin Review: Meditative Jamming Turning away from technically flashy music, the guitarist revisits Indian fusion on a contemplative record that grew out of improvisational sessions. John McLaughlin in 2016 PHOTO: IMAGO/ZUMA PRESS By Martin … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, My Words at Other Venues

I post most of what I write here, but some of it is posted elsewhere first. For one, there’s this piece I did for the National Sawdust Log on the great young composer, saxophonist and flutist Anna Webber.  https://nationalsawdust.org/thelog/2020/02/05/in-review-anna-webber-idiom-vi/ For … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Roberta Piket’s Domestic Harmony

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Domestic Harmony: Piket Plays Mintz’ by Roberta Piket Review: Jazz From a Marriage The pianist’s album offers solo renditions of music written by her husband, drummer and composer Billy Mintz. Roberta Piket PHOTO: JOHN ABBOTT By Martin Johnson Dec. 26, … Continue reading

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Meanwhile at the Other Blogs 01.10.20

Most of my writing gets posted here but not all of it.  My music blogging and any piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Vine Pair or (soon) Jazz Times gets highlighted here.  However, I also write about gender, middle … Continue reading

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Out & About 02: “Jason Moran”

Out and About results from some considerations about happiness.  I wondered what within my grasp would make me happier, and one of the answers was write about music more.  I love writing, I write about music for one of the … Continue reading

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Out & About 01: Gretchen Parlato Returns

Out and About #01: Gretchen Out and About resulted from some considerations about happiness.  I wondered what within my grasp would make me happier, and one of the answers was to write about music more.  I love writing, I write … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Mat Maneri’s Superb “Dust”

I thought about comparing this recording to Leonard Cohen or Morphine, but by the time that occurred to me, we were too far along in the edit to disrupt the flow. MUSIC REVIEW ‘Dust’ Review: Jazz’s Viola Virtuoso Mat Maneri … Continue reading

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