Geoffrey Himes

Geoffrey’s Contributions


04/06/12    Gearhead

In Gear: Jack DeJohnette

The drum legend on cymbals, keyboards and other essential equipment


04/02/12    Features

Jack DeJohnette: Relishing the Here & Now

The legendary drummer celebrates his past and finds inspiration in new collaborations


03/28/12    Albums

Further Explorations
Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian

You don’t have to know a lot of jazz history to enjoy Further Explorations , the two-CD live set from Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian. Anyone can hear the graceful lyricism—not just from the pianist but from the bassist and drummer as well. Anyone...


08/15/11    Features

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s Riotous Ambition

Trio’s expansive new project explores a ghastly corner of Oklahoma history


04/30/11    Features

Ambrose: Akinmusire: The Storyteller

On When the Heart Emerges Glistening, his striking Blue Note debut, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire combines a unique narrative approach to composing with the deep kinship of his working band.


January/February 2011    Features

Christian Howes: Bowing the Blues

Violinist Christian Howes experiences a musical awakening in the big house


January/February 2011    Albums

Spark of Being
Dave Douglas & Keystone

The Frankenstein myth still fascinates, 193 years after Mary Shelley published her novel, because the idea of creating a new life out of dead body parts attracts us as much as it repels us. We are all drawn to the idea of playing God, of making something...


November 2010    Features

Cindy Blackman: Of A Lifetime

In drum demigod Tony Williams, Cindy Blackman finds endless influence and inspiration


10/08/10    Education

Michael Formanek: Practice What You Teach

Bassist, composer and Peabody Conservatory faculty member Michael Formanek unites the bandstand and the classroom


October 2010    Features

Jason Moran: In All Languages

A look at the artistically exhilarating world of Jason Moran, jazz’s greatest young conceptualist


October 2010    Albums

Danilo Perez

Geoffrey Himes reviews new album from Panamanian jazz pianist


09/15/10    Features

Bitches Brood

Today’s heavy hitters discuss the influence of Miles’ fusion masterwork


08/13/10    Features

Miles Davis: Forty Years of Freedom

Four decades after the release of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis alumni John McLaughlin, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland and more reflect on a groundbreaking recording that had some surprising precedents


07/06/10    Features

John McLaughlin

Legendary guitarist on Coltrane, Miles, Mahavishnu, and the search for infinite oneness


June 2010    Albums

People Time: The Complete Recordings
Stan Getz/Kenny Barron

When a jazz musician crosses the boundary of 60, he or she must decide what to do with phrases already played thousands of times. Do you just keep playing them with less and less emotional force? Do you replace them with a whole new bag of tricks? Or do...

August/September 2009    Features

Joe Lovano: Party of Five

After decades of acclaimed collaborations with peers and mentors, Joe Lovano introduces a powerhouse quintet featuring youthful talent—and two drummers.

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About Geoffrey Himes


When he’s not writing for JT, the longtime Baltimore resident is writing for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harp, Paste, the Oxford American, Offbeat, Texas Music Magazine and the Baltimore City Paper.