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More From the Archives, Ten Years Ago on Bynum, Fujiwara, Halvorson and Pavone

Here’s a little #tbt action. Close Friends, Jazz Up-and-Comers By Martin Johnson Updated April 9, 2009 11:59 p.m. ET Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, guitarist Mary Halvorson, violist Jessica Pavone and drummer Tomas Fujiwara are among the most exciting new jazz … Continue reading

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From the Archives, Three WSJ Stories on Craft Beer in NYC

In 2014, I had the amazing good fortune to write about the then nascent (now burgeoning) craft beer scene for an amazing editor at an amazing outlet.  These are those stories. When I’m not in the food biz, I work … Continue reading

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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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The Rebranding Project

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 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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