Geoffrey Himes

Geoffrey’s Contributions


01/02/16    Features

The Brief, Brilliant, Tragic Life of Eva Cassidy

In full flight


10/18/15    Features

Joey Alexander: Youth Without Youth

The precociously tactful 12-year-old piano phenom


06/14/15    Chops

Chops: Blues Clues

Three great saxophonists explain why technique isn’t everything


04/26/15    Features

Spoken Word and Jazz: Escaping Predictable Habits

New creative pathways for top musicians


03/29/15    Albums

The Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions
Various Artists

To understand the significance of Dial Records, a good place to start is the tune “Relaxin’ at Camarillo.” Camarillo is 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, where Dial was founded in 1945 by Ross Russell, the young owner of the Tempo Music Shop, the record...


08/23/14    Features

Six-String Theories

Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Julian Lage and Marvin Sewell on the state of jazz guitar


06/12/14    Albums

Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band

Wayne Shorter is the most self-effacing of bandleaders; he often plays with such reticence that you’d never guess he was the star unless you glanced at an album’s credits or noticed his bandmates’ reactions to his cues during a gig. Brian Blade, Shorter’s...


04/11/14    Albums

Kin (←→)
Pat Metheny Unity Group

Ever since 1980, when guitarist Pat Metheny became a big enough jazz star to record whatever he wanted, he has more or less alternated avant-garde ventures with more populist projects. His user-friendly collaborations with keyboardist Lyle Mays in the ’80s...


01/21/14    Features

Cat Power: René Marie Pays Tribute to Eartha Kitt

Exploring the artistry and humanity of a kindred spirit


11/14/13    Features

Terence Blanchard: The Hardest Working Man

The trumpeter balances a new album, an opera, mentoring & more


09/01/13    Features

George Benson: For Love & Money

The guitarist and singer balances art and commerce on Nat King Cole tribute


07/15/13    Features

Bassic Clarinet

Five great bass clarinet tracks


07/08/13    Features

The Bass Clarinet in Jazz: The Low End Theory

A look at the instrument's history and some of its masters


06/10/13    Albums

Time Travel
Dave Dougas

When Dave Douglas unveiled his new acoustic quintet last year, it was with an atypical project: Be Still , a pastoral collection of folk songs and hymns that his mother had requested for her funeral, and the first-ever Douglas album to feature a vocalist...


06/10/13    Features

Maria Schneider & the Art of Reconciliation

How a composer-arranger and a great soprano melded jazz, classical and poetry


01/28/13    Albums

Born to Sing: No Plan B
Van Morrison

If you believe, as I do, that Van Morrison is one of the three or four greatest singers of his generation, any new recording of his is a welcome arrival. All the pleasures of his singing are evident on his latest release, Born to Sing: No Plan B : that fat...

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