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If Pitchfork reviewed a 34th Joni song…

A few weeks ago, Pitchfork published a nifty tribute to Joni Mitchell by having several stunningly good writers review 33 songs of the legendary singer/songwriter in a package led by an essay from NPR’s Ann Powers, who is at work … Continue reading

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From the Archives: In 2013 at WSJ on Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project

I’m delighted that this Jazz Standard gig has become an annual celebration of Gil’s music. Big Band’s Moment, Relived Anew The Gil Evans Project Will Perform at the Jazz Standard By Martin Johnson May 12, 2013 10:34 p.m. ET Ryan … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Vanessa Rubin’s The Dream is You

MUSIC REVIEW ‘The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron’ Review: A Tribute to the Romanticist of the Bebop Movement Vocalist Vanessa Rubin honors Tadd Dameron with an album that highlights his compositional genius. Vocalist Vanessa Rubin PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER DRUKKER/VANESSA RUBIN … Continue reading

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From the Archives: at WSJ in 2004 on Steve Lacy

MUSIC A Career-Long Tribute To Thelonious Monk By Martin Johnson Updated March 11, 2004 12:01 a.m. ET When soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy first heard the music of Thelonious Monk on record in 1953, the 19-year-old reedman was immediately taken by … Continue reading

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From the Archives, in 2009 at WSJ on Linda May Han Oh and JD Allen trio recordings.

MUSIC Not Your Usual Jazz Trios By Martin Johnson Updated Nov. 3, 2009 12:01 a.m. ET Two of the most exciting jazz recordings of the season are from trios, but these groups are not in the familiar configuration of piano … Continue reading

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Going Way, Way Back. At WSJ in 2006 on Vijay and Rudresh

This piece got me an agent and nearly a book deal! Musical Masala By Martin Johnson Updated April 20, 2006 12:01 a.m. ET New York Ten years ago, when saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa was introduced to pianist Vijay Iyer, both men … Continue reading

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On the Time that Sarah Vaughan Interviewed Me.

Some time in 1985, probably the autumn, I was interviewed by Sarah Vaughan (born March 27, 1924). No, I did not interview her. She interviewed me. It happened at the Blue Note. She was booked for a week, Tuesday-Sunday at … Continue reading

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