Category Archives: Media

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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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 Cellist Maya Beiser and Her Tribute to David Bowie

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Bowie Cello Symphonic: Blackstar’ by Maya Beiser Review: Tribute to a Rock Icon The cellist reworks and expands David Bowie’s final album. Cellist Maya Beiser PHOTO: SACHYN MITAL By Martin Johnson Jan. 7, 2020 2:52 pm ET Cellist Maya … 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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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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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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At WSJ on The Time for Peace is Now, a compilation of 70s Gospel

I’m primarily a jazz critic but I go off campus in my listening habits all the time; it’s a necessity.  And every now and then a non jazz release crosses my desk that I can write about with authority.  About … 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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