Doing it right with a varied, international focus
11/07/12 Before & After
At 30, a lifetime of knowledge
03/19/12 Before & After
At the Barcelona festival, an in-depth discussion of sax music and cultural fusion
Smaller in scale than Perugia, Orvieto's fest offers the best of Italy
An icon continues his lifelong pursuit of melody
January/February 2008 Features
It’s a spring afternoon in a comfortable section of South Central Los Angeles. The richly textured tone of a tenor saxophone wafts across the lawn of a two-story house, blending with the dull hum of I-10 not far off. The moment suggests a number of things...
September 2006 Features
Many of the legendary Manhattan nightspots where jazz musicians got their start are long gone but certainly not forgotten. It’s hard to imagine the careers of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis or Dizzy Gillespie without the Cotton Club, the Royal Roost or the...
March 2006 News
Producing a jazz album can be a bitch, especially if the producer and artist are not hitting it off. One might enter the studio with the necessary musical experience, technical know-how and appreciation for the musicians--and all the equipment's tweaked...
November 2005 Features
The legendary bebop drummer turned 80 earlier this year. Ashley Kahn caught up with Haynes to find out about his Fountain of Youth.
September 2005 News
If online bulletin boards and listserv groups are an accurate measure, discussion of record-company reissue policies is a sure-fire blood-boiler for jazz fans. Start a thread on any deserving artist long absent from the retail racks—old, obscure or out of...
It can’t be helped. For at least the next few seasons, the three venues at Columbus Circle that now house Jazz at Lincoln Center (Rose Theater, Allen Hall, Dizzy’s) will upstage the stars and merit mention. This review is no exception and hey, even Scofield...
What would they play? Would they plug in? In my mind the notion of the tight, sold-out quarters of the Blue Note turning into a pressure cooker of fusion-era amplification had me enthralled -- and scared. But when I spied an acoustic bass being held aloft...
November 2004 Features
Highlights of the singular drummer’s career are represented in this timeline tribute compiled by Ashley Kahn with additional reporting by Nate Chinen
October 2004 Features
Her first album in 26 years, Translinear Light, is more than just a return to the spotlight for John Coltrane’s wife. Alice Coltrane invited her son Ravi as well as Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette to the recording session, and the results are as stunning...
June 2004 Features
Lifelong friends and occasional collaborators, saxophonist Charles Lloyd and drummer Billy Higgins are kindred spirits. With the death of Higgins in 2001, it seemed like we had heard the last of their special musical bond—but a new ECM album of home-recorded...
January/February 2004 Hearsay
What do you get when you combine twins separated by an ocean-bassist François (in New York) and drummer Louis Moutin (in Paris)-with expat saxophonist Rick Margitza and young firebrand pianist Baptiste Trotignon (both in Paris)? A band with feet on both...