John Murph

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11/28/14    Features

Philadelphia’s OutBeat Festival Celebrates Jazz’s LGBT Legacy

Humble beginnings, full of heart


11/26/14    Albums

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Canadian soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett continues to let her love affair with Afro-Latin music guide her. Here she fronts an all-female sextet and showcases some of the brightest young instrumental and vocal talent Cuba has to offer. Often...


11/03/14    Features

Bob Stewart: Brass Tact

A tuba master pushes toward center stage


07/13/14    Albums

Life In the Bubble
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band returns with its winning combination of impeccable musicianship and pop savvy. Goodwin’s long history of working in the film industry serves him well; he knows how to deliver charts that burst with melodic ingenuity and snazzy...


07/09/14    Albums

This Side of Mestizaje
Alex Garcia's Afromantra

Drummer extraordinaire Alex Garcia deftly balances finesse and fire on this delightful modern-jazz outing. From the very start of the opening cut, “Believe,” it’s obvious that the Chilean-born drummer has virtuosity to spare—check out his precise, intricate...


06/22/14    Albums

Sound, Space and Structures
John Escreet

U.K.-born pianist and composer John Escreet has always demonstrated a knack for the adventurous: When he arrived on the New York City jazz scene in 2006, his formidable improvisations resembled those of Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer—searching and explorative...


06/15/14    Albums

Forever Young
Jacob Young

Norwegian guitarist Jacob Young continues mapping out his own exquisite path on his third ECM outing. This time, he teams up with the Poland-based Marcin Wasilewski Trio to deliver spellbinding originals that place maximum emphasis on spatial awareness and...


05/28/14    Features

Bernie Worrell: Going It Alone

P-Funk's keyboard legend cuts his first solo piano album


04/29/14    Features

The Max Roach Collection at the Library of Congress

New insights into a musical and political hero


04/25/14    Features

Mimi Jones: True Moments

Struggle and survival inform bassist and singer’s latest


03/29/14    Features

Rudy Royston: A Trusted Sideman Turns Bandleader

"Be what you feel," says the drummer


03/25/14    Features

Kris Bowers: New Power Generation

Balancing jazz intellect and accessible songcraft


03/03/14    Albums

The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988
Herbie Hancock

Box sets this colossal should come with roadmaps. At 34 discs, the set will surely intimidate the novice listener. In today’s ADD world, being presented with nearly two decades of material can be paralyzing, especially if the listener’s inclination is to...


02/04/14    Features

Randy Weston & Billy Harper: Raising Spirits, Telling Stories

Flowing through personal and cultural history


01/17/14    Features

Betty Carter's School of Spontaneity

The late singer gave tough-love lessons to generations


12/17/13    Albums

Tony Allen's Crucial Albums

Five classic examples of African groove art

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About John Murph


John Murph is a Washington, D.C.-based music, art and pop culture journalist. His work has been published in JazzTimes, Down Beat, JazzWise and Vibe magazines; in the Washington Post, the Washington Post Express and the Washington City Paper newspapers; and on the NPR, BET Interactive and the Root Web sites. He also hosts a bi-weekly radio show on WPFW-FM (89.3).