Category Archives: Jazz

At WSJ on Early Nat King Cole

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)’ by Nat King Cole Review: A Master of the Keys Before he built a formidable career as a singer, Cole was a great jazz pianist; a new set reminds us of … Continue reading

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The Martin Johnson Blog Network

I write…a lot. I write about music, mostly jazz. I write about sports, mostly basketball (though drill down deep enough here and you’ll find a late 2014 piece that correctly called the rise of the Chicago Cubs). I write about … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Ben Goldberg’s Excellent Recording, Good Day for Cloud Fishing

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Good Day for Cloud Fishing’ Review: Playing With Poetry Clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg created recordings inspired by the poetry of Dean Young, who then wrote more poems in response to the music. By Martin Johnson Aug. 19, … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Ryan Keberle and Catharsis Superb “The Hope I Hold”

‘The Hope I Hold’ by Ryan Keberle and Catharsis Review: Toward a Pan-American Jazz Sound The trombonist-composer returns with his adventurous band on a new album marked by political concern and wide-ranging musical influence. By Martin Johnson July 16, 2019 … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Joanna Wallfisch’s Superb Far From Any Place Called Home

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Far Away From Any Place Called Home’ by Joanna Wallfisch Review: Chronicle of a Road Trip The jazz singer-songwriter’s latest album draws on a solo bicycle tour she took from Portland to Los Angeles.to create crystalline, inquisitive music. … Continue reading

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From the Archives: at WSJ on Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz To Come

I was delighted to write this and even better, it ran the weekend of my only trip to the Pop Conference. MASTERPIECE Bluesy and Achingly Beautiful Coleman’s ‘The Shape of Jazz to Come’ lived up to its title By Martin … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Anna Webber’s Amazing “Clockwise”

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Clockwise’ by Anna Webber: Putting a Fresh Twist on Music History Saxophonist, flutist and composer Anna Webber creates music with compelling, intense new rhythms that were inspired by great 20th-century classical composers. Saxophonist, flutist and composer Anna Webber PHOTO: EVAN … Continue reading

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