New insights into a musical and political hero
Struggle and survival inform bassist and singer’s latest
"Be what you feel," says the drummer
Balancing jazz intellect and accessible songcraft
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...
Flowing through personal and cultural history
The late singer gave tough-love lessons to generations
Five classic examples of African groove art
05/31/13 Overdue Ovation
Following a tragic accident, learning to drum again
Abbey Lincoln celebrated on keyboardist's newest release
Gerald Clayton switches up his game on this thrilling disc. He ups the conceptual ante and widens his sonic palette to include trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonists Logan Richardson and Dayna Stephens, and singers Gretchen Parlato and Sachal Vasandani...
Nearly three decades since emerging as a solo artist, Courtney Pine remains a thrilling showman on the saxophone, prone to show off his virtuosity—especially his mastery of circular breathing—even when it’s not necessarily in service of the music. Pine’s...
Whatever you do, don't call this multi-tasker "just a drummer"
What perfect timing for two grand box sets of classic jazz-funk and fusion. Whether they realize it or not, current groove-savvy artists like Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, Flying Lotus and Thundercat are indebted to the ’70s work of keyboardist George...
From professional struggles to televangelism: a musical-spiritual story
With his Quincy Jones-produced Debut, a pianist emerges