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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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At WSJ on Liberty Ellman’s Last Desert

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Last Desert’ by Liberty Ellman Review: Moving Out of His Own Shadow The new album from the jazz guitarist might be even more influential than his 2015 record ‘Radiate.’ Jazz guitarist Liberty Ellman PHOTO: ALAN NAHIGIAN By Martin Johnson May … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Jazz Livestreams

This was a quick and dirty rundown done in response to the early days of the pandemic. The Staying Inside Guide: Taking Improvisation to a Whole New Level Livestreamed concerts by jazz musicians reinvent the typical performance for times of … Continue reading

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At WSJ on John McLaughlin’s Excellent Is That So.

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Is That So?’ by John McLaughlin Review: Meditative Jamming Turning away from technically flashy music, the guitarist revisits Indian fusion on a contemplative record that grew out of improvisational sessions. John McLaughlin in 2016 PHOTO: IMAGO/ZUMA PRESS By Martin … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Cellist Maya Beiser and Her Tribute to David Bowie

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Bowie Cello Symphonic: Blackstar’ by Maya Beiser Review: Tribute to a Rock Icon The cellist reworks and expands David Bowie’s final album. Cellist Maya Beiser PHOTO: SACHYN MITAL By Martin Johnson Jan. 7, 2020 2:52 pm ET Cellist Maya … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Roberta Piket’s Domestic Harmony

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Domestic Harmony: Piket Plays Mintz’ by Roberta Piket Review: Jazz From a Marriage The pianist’s album offers solo renditions of music written by her husband, drummer and composer Billy Mintz. Roberta Piket PHOTO: JOHN ABBOTT By Martin Johnson Dec. 26, … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Mat Maneri’s Superb “Dust”

I thought about comparing this recording to Leonard Cohen or Morphine, but by the time that occurred to me, we were too far along in the edit to disrupt the flow. MUSIC REVIEW ‘Dust’ Review: Jazz’s Viola Virtuoso Mat Maneri … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Early Nat King Cole

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)’ by Nat King Cole Review: A Master of the Keys Before he built a formidable career as a singer, Cole was a great jazz pianist; a new set reminds us of … Continue reading

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At WSJ on The Time for Peace is Now, a compilation of 70s Gospel

I’m primarily a jazz critic but I go off campus in my listening habits all the time; it’s a necessity.  And every now and then a non jazz release crosses my desk that I can write about with authority.  About … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Ben Goldberg’s Excellent Recording, Good Day for Cloud Fishing

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Good Day for Cloud Fishing’ Review: Playing With Poetry Clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg created recordings inspired by the poetry of Dean Young, who then wrote more poems in response to the music. By Martin Johnson Aug. 19, … Continue reading

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