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Charles McPherson
I’m kind of a student of ancient history,” alto saxophonist Charles McPherson says. “I’m talking about Sumerian stuff, Mesopotamia, the Middle East: I go way, way back. Our whole notion of divinity, Western or Eastern, is all around that Fertile Cres
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The Man With The Horn
Wallace Roney’s departure on the last day of March was a gut-punch in a year filled with far too many shocks. In the opening phase of the worldwide lockdown, his death was among the first to hit so directly, so close to home: a longtime member of the
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Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project
Kites and Strings One Trick Dog Sometimes the vitality of an art form is demonstrated not by “big” records from major figures, but by unassuming projects from people you don’t know—yet. Press notes for Kites and Strings correctly point out that Ben R
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Mac Randall | mrandall@jazztimes.com Lee Mergner David R. Adler, Dan Bilawsky, Shaun Brady, Philip Booth, Brent Butterworth, Nate Chinen, Sharonne Cohen, Thomas Conrad, J.D. Considine, Morgan Enos, Brad Farberman, Colin Fleming, David Fricke, James G
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Family Pride
When Ellis Marsalis and his son Jason went into a New Orleans studio in mid-February 2020 to make a duo album for Newvelle Records, they had no inkling that it would be the elder man’s final recording. “In fact,” says the younger Marsalis, “we were t
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Evans Above
Live at Ronnie Scott’s Resonance Bill Evans’ Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby are undoubtedly two of the finest-crafted live recordings in jazz; the musicianship is legendary, the recording pristine. Yet listening to Live at Ronnie
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Ave Atque Vale
At a press conference five hours after the World Trade Center’s twin towers fell on September 11, 2001, Rudy Giuliani, then the mayor of New York City, said something that no one who was listening will ever forget: “The number of casualties will be m
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The Other McCoy
In March 2020, McCoy Tyner passed at age 81, leaving behind a vast legacy of powerful piano on record. Naturally, many of the obituaries focused on his 1960-65 time with John Coltrane, a relationship that revolutionized jazz and brought forth some of
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Emi Makabe
Anniversary Greenleaf In Japanese folk music, it’s common to find women singing while accompanying themselves on the shamisen (a fretless, three-stringed lute). In jazz, not so much, which in itself is enough to make singer/songwriter/shamisen player
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What's On JAZZTIMES.COM
What will the Biden administration do to protect the performing arts? Guitarist David Stern, a member of AFM Local 802 and the Music Workers Alliance, makes strong suggestions and provides deep historical context in a thoughtful, timely essay. Also,
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Rudy, Don’t Fail
If nothing other than John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme had been recorded there, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.’s Van Gelder Studio would still indisputably qualify as a jazz shrine. But that cornerstone album was only one of thousands cut within the spacious r
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2020 Expanded Critics' Poll
Maria Schneider Terri Lyne Carrington Shabaka Hutchings Rudresh Mahanthappa Immanuel Wilkins Artemis Micah Thomas Ted Poor JD Allen Jason Moran & the Bandwagon Fred Hersch Trio Ambrose Akinmusire* Charles Lloyd* Bill Frisell John Scofield Mary Halvor
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808 State
The Roland corporation of Japan only manufactured its TR-808 Rhythm Composer drum machine for three years, from 1980 to 1983, but that short time was long enough to alter the course of music. Although it was originally intended as a basic tool for so
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Dafnis Prieto
“We played the first week of March at the Jazz Standard with a sextet and went into the studio on the Monday and Tuesday right after,” composer, bandleader, and master percussionist Dafnis Prieto recalls. “My plan was to stay a few days extra just to
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EVERYBODY HAD A Hard Year
After he lost his six-year-old daughter Ana in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, saxophonist Jimmy Greene didn’t find himself turning to any music in particular to find solace from the unfathomable loss. Yet his life to that point had i
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They Also Served
“Picture of Heath” Picture of Heath (Xanadu, 1975) Backed with one of the best rhythm sections of its era (or indeed any other), Heath gives unimpeachable evidence of his two greatest gifts: one for pithy, lyrical compositions, and another for refocu
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Farewells
Jeff Clayton, an alto saxophonist and multi-reedist who was co-bandleader (and co-namesake) of both the Clayton Brothers quintet and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, died Dec. 16 at his home in Los Angeles, Calif. For the past two years, he had b
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For The Lack Of A Jack
I got a shock when I visited a T-Mobile store last May after losing my smartphone. I asked for the latest Samsung Galaxy S-series model—but as I spun the new S20 in my hand, I realized that Samsung had finally eliminated the headphone jack from its t
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Phil Woods: April in Paris
Before his passing in September 2015, saxophonist/composer Phil Woods collaborated with regular JT contributor Ted Panken on a memoir, which was recently published by Cymbal Press as Life in E Flat: The Autobiography of Phil Woods. The following excl
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Real Life Stories
There are things that Great Britain’s Nubiyan Twist is, and there are things that the Leeds-born nonet-plus decidedly isn’t, according to its founder, co-composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Tom Excell. What Nubiyan Twist isn’t is stodgy, bo
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2020 Reader's Poll
Charles McPherson Wynton Marsalis Diana Krall Kurt Elling Artemis Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra Immanuel Wilkins Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project Charles McPherson Jazz Dance Suites (Chazz Mack) Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra Night Devoid of Stars (Cellar)
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In Memory of…
10/13/27 – 4/15/20 By Dan Tepfer As someone who likes to think of himself as rational, I can’t bring myself to believe in fate, yet Lee and I seemed destined to meet. Although piano’s been my instrument since I was a child, I had a sax in my teens, a
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Brandi Disterheft Trio With George Coleman
Surfboard Justin Time It’s probably no coincidence that Brandi Disterheft’s prowess as a bassist, on her fifth album as a leader, shines particularly bright on “The Pendulum at Falcon’s Lair” and “Del Sasser,” as both were penned by bass players: the
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John Fedchock
Trombonist John Fedchock, 63, carries the broad sweep of history in his head and his horn. Over the course of more than four decades he’s crossed paths or shared stages with nearly every living notable wielding a slide, garnered two Grammy nomination
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Donald Brown
Between 1987 and 2000, before a combo of rheumatoid arthritis and rotator cuff surgeries on both shoulders made pianistic expression complicated, Donald Brown recorded 14 of his 16 albums. They document a corpus that pianist Eric Reed describes as “g
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The Year In Review 2020: Top 50 Critics’ Picks
By now, jazz fans have come to expect marvels from Maria Schneider, but the scale and magnificence of Data Lords is exceptional even for her. A concept album split into two spheres, it wrestles with the key conflict of our time: the alluring, empty p
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Top 10 Historical Releases
Documenting one of the unlikeliest gigs in Monk’s career (possible alternate title: High School Thelonious), this recording sat in a box for more than five decades. That its high-spirited swing can now be heard by all of us is one of the few blessing
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Bright Moments: Sonny Rollins
“I don’t listen to my own music,” Sonny Rollins said in October from his Woodstock home, chewing a Ricola cough drop as he got ready to reflect back on a lot of it. The one exception is if it comes on the radio he often has playing in the background.
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Attack Of The Killer Beas
One night in L.A. in the early ’90s, a 30-something John Beasley found himself, improbably, occupying the “second keyboard” chair alongside Herbie Hancock, one of his idols, during a concert tribute to Jaco Pastorius at the Hollywood Bowl. “I think w
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