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At WSJ on Greg Ward and Rogue’s Parade: Stomping off From Greenwood

From the first time I heard Greg Ward as a sideman with Mike Reed’s superb band, People Places and Things, I knew I wanted to write about him.  He had a big tone, and a nasty relentless drive.  His solos … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the Art Ensemble ECM Box Set

I so wished I could have squeezed information about the AEC 50th anniversary concert and album release into this, but it didn’t fit. USIC REVIEW ‘The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles’ Review: First-Rate Riffs From the Second City … 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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It’s Different This Time

Yes, I’m saddened that the Chicago Cubs season ended with a thud on Thursday night, but now that there’s a title in the bag, the ending feels different. For one, their opponent was the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The question entering … 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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My Dad Was a Stathead Before They Invented the Term

I don’t have any photos of my father, but I do have stories. Here’s One A lot of my fondest memories of my Dad are centered around sports and especially baseball. We went to lots of games together, not only … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II

    ‘Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds’ by Nicole Mitchell Review The flutist and composer explores Afrofuturist themes with her longstanding group, the Black Earth Ensemble. By Martin Johnson May 4, 2017 4:42 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS   Flutist and … Continue reading

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