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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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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 5: Service Not Subservience

I think on the surface it looks like a job in the New York City retail specialty food business is about taking orders from over privileged clientele.  It can be that, or you can flip the relationship.  I learned to … Continue reading

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 3 These are My Neighbors

If in 1988, when I first moved to the East Village, you told me that I’d be there for 30 years, I would have thought my life was a dream come true.  It is dreamy at times, but the East … Continue reading

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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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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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