How Lincoln Center's resident jazz aficionado is cultivating a new jazz audience
Reclaiming melody, emotion and movement for modern jazz
Depending on how you think about it, Ravi Coltrane was either blessed with inspiration or burdened by expectations when he was named after three such imposing musicians: his parents John and Alice Coltrane and Ravi Shankar. The son handled it much better...
The prolific musician brings Hunter S. Thompson’s prose to musical life
The drum legend on cymbals, keyboards and other essential equipment
The legendary drummer celebrates his past and finds inspiration in new collaborations
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...
Trio’s expansive new project explores a ghastly corner of Oklahoma history
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
Violinist Christian Howes experiences a musical awakening in the big house
January/February 2011 Albums
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
In drum demigod Tony Williams, Cindy Blackman finds endless influence and inspiration
Bassist, composer and Peabody Conservatory faculty member Michael Formanek unites the bandstand and the classroom
October 2010 Features
A look at the artistically exhilarating world of Jason Moran, jazz’s greatest young conceptualist
October 2010 Albums
Geoffrey Himes reviews new album from Panamanian jazz pianist
Today’s heavy hitters discuss the influence of Miles’ fusion masterwork