Tag Archives: jazz

On the new Kamasi Washington Recording, Heaven and Earth

My main outlet assigned me this review but due to a scheduling conflict, it didn’t run, thus here it is. Based on the first few years of his career as a leader, no one will ever accuse saxophonist and composer … Continue reading

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At Medium on Lorraine Gordon (R.I.P.)

The Village Vanguard is one of a kind.  A trapezoidal basement with the best acoustics in jazz.  The club’s owner was one of a kind too.  She passed away on Saturday. This is my remembrance. View story at Medium.com

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At WSJ on Vintage Grant Green Releases

  MUSIC REVIEW ‘Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970)’ and ‘Slick!—Live at Oil Can Harry’s’ by Grant Green Reviews In an era often belittled by jazz fans, guitarist Grant Green spearheaded a movement that expanded hits in innovative … Continue reading

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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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Max Roach and Sarah Vaughan

There are a lot of reasons that I began writing professionally 34 years ago, and I’m still writing today.  A lot of those reasons are things that happened early in my career.  I found great mentors.  My friends and family … 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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