Category Archives: Music

At WSJ on Sara Serpa’s Stunning “Close Up”

Close Up’ Review: Breaking New Ground Songs on Sara Serpa’s new album draw on the works of Virginia Woolf and other writers. Sara Serpa PHOTO: MICHAEL JACKSON By Martin Johnson March 13, 2018 5:24 p.m. ET 1 COMMENTS Since her arrival on the … Continue reading

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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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At Timeline on Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland at 50

One of the reasons I love writing about music is that it forces me to live inside the music for a while and allow the music to live inside of me.  I’m constantly curious about who I am now and … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Kris Davis and Craig Taborn’s Octopus

Link copied… MUSIC REVIEW ‘Octopus’ by Craig Taborn and Kris Davis Review: Diving for Deep Listening Live recordings of the jazz piano duet offer insights into the roots of the players’ technique. ‘Octopus’ is the new album from jazz pianists … 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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Charles Bradley R.I.P

Six years ago, I wrote on Bradley who passed away today. He was one of my favorite feature subjects. CULTURE A Dream 48 Years in the Making 62-Year-Old Soul Singer Charles Bradley Is Set to Release His First Album By … 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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