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At Wall Street Journal on Promises by Pharoah Sanders, Floating Points and the LSO

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Promises’ by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra Review: Across Genres and Generations A collaboration between the 80-year-old jazz saxophonist and the 34-year-old electronic producer results in an austere yet stunning album By Martin JohnsonApril 7, … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Let My People Go by Archie Shepp and Jason Moran

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Let My People Go’ by Archie Shepp and Jason Moran Review: Way Down in Jazz Land The saxophonist and pianist collaborate on an album featuring new duet versions of standards by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. … Continue reading

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Blast From the Past: At WSJ in 2010 on Iranian Film and Rock

I Shot, I Ran By Martin JohnsonUpdated April 15, 2010 12:01 am ET SAVE PRINT TEXT Bahman Ghobadi is one of Iran’s leading filmmakers, but after completing his most recent movie, “No One Knows About Persian Cats,” he went into exile … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the great Code Girl recording, Artlessly Falling

Well, better late than never. I liked this piece and love the recording. MUSIC REVIEW ‘Artlessly Falling’ by Code Girl Review: Crooning Couplets Guitarist Mary Halvorson branches out from her hallmark improvisation on an album that melds her poems and … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Exploding Star Orchestra’s Superb Dimensional Stardust

‘Dimensional Stardust’ by Rob Mazurek Review: Futuristic Big-Band Sounds The cornetist and composer leads his Exploding Star Orchestra on an album that deftly incorporates electronics into its rich, contrapuntal arrangements. By Martin JohnsonNov. 30, 2020 2:15 pm ET Some of the … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Rez Abassi’s Django Shift

‘Django-shift’ by Rez Abbasi Review: Retuning a Guitar Legacy An album from the forward-thinking guitarist offers muscular new renditions of the music of early jazz great Django Reinhardt. Michael Sarin, Rez Abbasi and Neil Alexander PHOTO: KIRAN AHLUWALIA By Martin Johnson Sept. … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Data Lords, the superb new disc from the Maria Schneider Orchestra

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Data Lords’ Review: On Gigabytes and Garden Sights Maria Schneider leads a big band on a two-disc release that explores the dominance of the digital world and the quest to preserve natural space. By Martin JohnsonAug. 3, 2020 4:01 … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Joshua Redman’s MoodSwing Revival

MUSIC REVIEW ‘RoundAgain’ by Joshua Redman Review: Playing Through Jazz’s Changes Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade join the saxophonist on the four musicians’ first record together since 1994. Joshua Redman Quartet PHOTO: MICHAEL WILSON By Martin Johnson July 13, 2020 … Continue reading

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Meanwhile…. My Words at Other Venues

I enthusiastically post my Wall Street Journal work here as soon as I am able (30 days after it posts behind the WSJ paywall).  I’m a little slower to highlight other stuff that I write here.  In the name of … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Aaron Parks and the duo of Walter Smith and Matthew Stevens: Jazz Comfort Food

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man’ and ‘In Common 2’ Reviews: Jazz’s Take on Comfort Food Tasty new releases from pianist Aaron Parks and the duo of saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens are … Continue reading

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