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At WSJ on Matt Mitchell’s A Pouting Grimace

‘A Pouting Grimace’ by Matt Mitchell Review: Crossing Stylistic Borders With Ease The pianist and composer offers his most complex and sprawling work yet on an album that showcases the influence of con mporary classical music and unique harmonies. Pianist … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt

‘Honey and Salt: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg’ Review Drummer and composer Matt Wilson’s new album does more than wed words to music—it points toward a new kind of jazz recording.   Drummer and composer Matt Wilson PHOTO: JOHN … 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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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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Somi’s Brilliant Petite Afrique

  I’ve known of Somi, the magnificent singer and songwriter for about ten years, and for much of that time I thought that her music was a great sound in search of a comparable style or at least repertoire. It’s … Continue reading

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Music: Kevin Eubanks at Birdland

Thursday night, just after two friends joined me at a table near the stage at Birdland, one of them asked me “are you reviewing?”  It was an earnest inquiry even if it hit a sore spot.  Concert reviews are no … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the new Linda May Han Oh Recording: Walk Against Wind

ARTS ARTS IN REVIEW MUSIC REVIEW ‘Walk Against Wind’ by Linda May Han Oh Review The bassist and composer’s third recording in a predominantly quartet setting helps focus attention on the evolution of her writing and improvising. Linda May Han … Continue reading

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