Kenneth Blanchard

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09/04/09    Albums

Remebrance
John Patitucci Trio

A review of Remembrance by the John Patitucci Trio

05/02/09    Community Articles

Joe Lovano: Not Your Average Joe

Joe Lovano's work along three dimensions of modern jazz is considered.

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04/24/09    Albums

Misterious Motian

Drummer Paul Motian (pronounced, if you didn't get it, like motion) has had a life. He won fame and (I hope) fortune with the Bill Evans Trio. It is no small thing to be part of the Evans Village Vanguard recordings. Since that time he has laid down the...

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04/08/09    Albums

Coltrane and the Low Horn

Trane liked to experiment with textured sound. His turn on the soprano sax is a good example. His arrangement of low horns on the Africa Brass Sessions is another. And then there is his work with Eric Dolphy. But his very first recording included a baritone...

03/29/09    Community Articles

Eric Dolphy Live: Here was a Man!

Eric Dolphy is, I suspect, a problem for historians of jazz. On the one hand, he was surely one of the most inventive composers of the jazz era. On the other, it is not see easy to trace his influence in the way that Coltrane or Ornette Coleman's silhouettes...

03/22/09    Community Articles

Evidence of Genius

I find it curious that Thelonious Monk's middle name was Sphere. What was that about? Perhaps no composer in the history of jazz has so often or so accurately been described as "angular." Monk always seems to be coming at the melody from an obscure, if not...

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03/21/09    Albums

Miles Davis Quintet Stockholm 1960

A review of Miles Davis box sets, including his Prestige recordings, and the Live at Stockholm 1960 sets with John Coltrane and Sonny Stitt.

03/21/09    Community Articles

Jazz Noire

Jazz and Film Noire combine.

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About Kenneth Blanchard

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Ken Blanchard is a political scientist teaching in South Dakota. He writes a political blog: South Dakota Politics, about state and national issues, and a jazz blog: jazznotesdp.blogspot.com. He really digs Wayne Shorter and David Murray.

Kenneth Blanchard joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 18, 2009