08/09/14 Before & After
A versatile guitar phenom, with A jazz core
Clave's favorite son shines with "The Offense of the Drum"
A restless musical and cultural searcher celebrates his 69th birthday
A July 4th weekend of Latin-infused cosmopolitanism
Programmers create new tech possibilities for jazz
Forces of nature
Saxophonist John Ellis’ Mobro , a concept album in collaboration with librettist Andy Bragen, is a radical departure from his previous release, the contemporary postbop date It’s You I Like , but it never veers too far into avant-garde territory; it’s too...
Bridging reggae and jazz without losing the sound of either is a delicate balance. It generally means maintaining the heavy off-beat accents and syncopated basslines that hew toward ska without reining in the challenging harmonic substitutions of bebop...
“Birth,” the opening track off Brian Haas and Matt Chamberlain’s minimalist duo album Frames , seems to spring less from a womb than an existential void, charting an impressionistic course through an imagined life that ends in “From Nothing, Infinite.” It’s...
Marc RIbot, Jason Moran and others speak out in NYC
This tight throwback to the golden era of hard bop showcases the virtuosity and brash tenor sound of erstwhile Young Lion Tim Warfield. But saxophonist Herb Harris deserves just as much recognition for writing, arranging, producing and releasing, on his...
On Jelly Roll Morton, "Treme," his recent record & more
The drummer-composer Ches Smith builds a reputation as bandleader and sideman
Where classical, improvisation and composition meet
Most standards began as what we now refer to as covers, songs that everyone instantly recognized and could sing along to, even in their instrumental format. The shifting tides of pop culture have washed away many of Tin Pan Alley’s masterpieces—at least...
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Aidan Levy joined the JazzTimes community on Dec 16, 2009