Josef Woodard

Josef’s Contributions

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11/15/10    Concerts

Berlin Jazz Festival: A Euro-Jazz Smorgasbord

Josef Woodard reviews performances at festival held November 3-7, 2010

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October 2010    Albums

Paradoxical Frog
Kris Davis/Ingrid Laubrock/Tyshawn Sorey

While the commanding drummer Tyshawn Sorey has been known for his mathematical and muscular intensity in settings with Steve Coleman, Fieldwork, Steve Lehman and other groups, he also boasts a fascinating free sensibility, as heard on this intriguing trio...

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09/23/10    Concerts

Monterey Jazz Festival: Trans-Generational Ultra-Hang

Josef Woodard reviews legendary jazz festival in Monterey, California on September 17-19, 2010

09/17/10    Concerts

Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium: Long Live AACM and ECM!

Review of Festival in Guelph, Ontario on September 8-12, 2010

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September 2010    Albums

Harvesting Semblances and Affinities
Steve Coleman and Five Elements

Steve Coleman has been serving up complicated, beguiling musical math for nearly a quarter century, from his early work with the M-Base scene beginning in the mid-’80s through his various projects with his group Five Elements. By now, we’ve grown accustomed...

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07/15/10    Concerts

Review of 2010 Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Josef Woodard reports from the Copenhagen Jazz Festival

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06/19/10    Concerts

Review of Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

Josef Woodard reports on festival held in Morocco

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June 2010    Albums

Jasmine
Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden

For 30-odd years, piano Prometheus Keith Jarrett has done his musical bidding and exploring in self-limited settings, most often either in his “Standards” trio with Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock, or—with greater regularity of late—solo. That alone makes...

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05/28/10    Concerts

Moers Jazz Festival

Josef Woodard reviews adventurous festival in Germany

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04/09/10    Albums

Brad Mehldau: Highway Rider

Josef Woodard reviews new 2-CD set from Brad Mehldau, produced by Jon Brion

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03/10/10    Albums

Fabula Suite Lugano
Christian Wallumrod Ensemble

Among the ranks of the important new wave of Norwegian jazz musicians sparking up the international scene, pianist-composer-bandleader Christian Wallumrød is one of the most fascinating and least easily categorized. More to the point, part of the fascination...

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March 2010    Albums

Three Worlds
James Weidman

Pianist James Weidman calls his new album Three Worlds in reference to the variety of contexts brought together on the disc—a quintet with trombonist Ray Anderson and clarinetist/alto saxophonist Marty Ehrlich on the frontline, a mellower quartet with vibraphonist...

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02/25/10    Albums

Pan Atlantic
Bobby Previte

The quintessential downtown/bandleader drummer taps into Euro talent

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January/February 2010    Albums

Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Quartet

While there is no disputing the hegemony of New York City as jazz’s artistic epicenter, some of the music’s stronger enabling forces have bases far away from Gotham. Take, for instance, the examples put forth on two of the finer jazz albums this year, the...

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January/February 2010    Albums

Live 2009
SFJazz Collective

While there is no disputing the hegemony of New York City as jazz’s artistic epicenter, some of the music’s stronger enabling forces have bases far away from Gotham. Take, for instance, the examples put forth on two of the finer jazz albums this year, the...

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12/18/09    Concerts

Charlie Haden Family & Friends

The legendary bassist gets back to his Rambling Boy roots at L.A.'s Disney Hall

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About Josef Woodard

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Josef Woodard has covered jazz for JazzTimes and other magazines since the late 1980s, classical/contemporary music for the Los Angeles Times since 1993, opera for Opera Now, and pop and jazz for Rolling Stone, among countless other associations. At the moment, he is working on a book on Charles Lloyd. Also a guitarist, songwriter, co-owner of the 20-year-old Household Ink Records label (householdink.com) and general “situationist,” Woodard tries to maintain a balance between looking at music from the outside and burrowing into creative machinery.