Tag Archives: Music

From the Archives: at WSJ on Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz To Come

I was delighted to write this and even better, it ran the weekend of my only trip to the Pop Conference. MASTERPIECE Bluesy and Achingly Beautiful Coleman’s ‘The Shape of Jazz to Come’ lived up to its title By Martin … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, Collected

For about five years, approximately 2009-2014, I did a regular blog post called Fromage of the Day where I introduced and paired a cheese then I compared it to a cultural touchstone. Here’s a grouping of them. https://thejoyofcheese.wordpress.com/?s=Fromage+of+the+Day

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At WSJ on Anna Webber’s Amazing “Clockwise”

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Clockwise’ by Anna Webber: Putting a Fresh Twist on Music History Saxophonist, flutist and composer Anna Webber creates music with compelling, intense new rhythms that were inspired by great 20th-century classical composers. Saxophonist, flutist and composer Anna Webber PHOTO: EVAN … Continue reading

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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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The Martin Johnson Blog Network

I write…a lot. I write about music, mostly jazz. I write about sports, mostly basketball (though drill down deep enough here and you’ll find a late 2014 piece that correctly called the rise of the Chicago Cubs). I write about … 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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From the Archives: At WSJ on Nelson George in 2011

NEW YORK CULTURE Artist Films a Farewell to His Home Nelson George Looks Back to a Time When Fort Greene Spilled Over With Talent By Martin Johnson Updated April 28, 2011 12:01 a.m. ET “I call it black history with … Continue reading

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