Most jazz musicians I know came to the music one of two ways. For some, it was part of their culture, either because of family or community. These are the children of musicians, the people who grew up in New Orleans with second lines or in New York amidst the great clubs. Jazz is second […]Read more "Mean, Mean Pride"
…but I needed to stop in and say you need to get the new Wayne Shorter record, Without A Net. I’d like to say I’ll have a full review up soon, but looking at the half written reviews in my drafts folder I know that that’s 50/50 at best. Seriously, though. Get it. PS- […]Read more "Been away for a while…"
I’ll start off by saying I’m a fan of Treme, David Simon’s series about post-Katrina New Orleans. I think the show is ambitious in its scope and courageous in its assessment of the problems faced by a devastated city and the people who inhabit it. Simon’s newsman background serves him well here, as it did […]Read more "On Treme"
I’m so far behind in listening to the records I’m buying I haven’t even thought about reviewing them, but this first new release got me plenty motivated.Read more "Acquisitions- Some New Shit"
Paris is supposed to be one of the great jazz cities. They loved Monk before New York did, hailed Miles as a genius and provided a fertile, non-segregated arena for greats like James Reese Europe, Josephine Baker and Django Reinhardt between the two World Wars. There’s a great documentary called Harlem in Monmartre, based on […]Read more "Digging for Vinyl in Paris"
I’ve been interested lately in music that exists on the outskirts of jazz, especially where accomplished musicians attempt to bring jazz ideas to music that is decidedly not jazz, or attempt to bring outside elements into a traditional jazz setting. While fusion is nothing new, for the most part it has been limited to jazz-rock […]Read more "Acquisitions- This and That"
There are a lot of bands and musicians trying to stake their claim in the new musical landscape, and a lot of gimmicks being employed to further those efforts. The grassroots hype machine so expertly developed by indie rock has been adapted by jazz bands trying to coerce young listeners to leave the confines of […]Read more "Kneebody @ The Blue Whale- 3/16/12"