Geoffrey Himes

Geoffrey’s Contributions

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04/11/14    Albums

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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...

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01/21/14    Features

Cat Power: René Marie Pays Tribute to Eartha Kitt

Exploring the artistry and humanity of a kindred spirit

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11/14/13    Features

Terence Blanchard: The Hardest Working Man

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

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09/01/13    Features

George Benson: For Love & Money

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

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07/15/13    Features

Bassic Clarinet

Five great bass clarinet tracks

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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

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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...

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06/10/13    Features

Maria Schneider & the Art of Reconciliation

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

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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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10/27/12    Education

Phil Schaap: Coaching the Crowd

How Lincoln Center's resident jazz aficionado is cultivating a new jazz audience

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10/11/12    Features

Anat Cohen: Swing Dancer

Reclaiming melody, emotion and movement for modern jazz

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09/03/12    Albums

Spirit Fiction
Ravi Coltrane

Depending on how you think about it, Ravi Coltrane was either blessed with inspiration or burdened by expectations when he was named after three such imposing musicians: his parents John and Alice Coltrane and Ravi Shankar. The son handled it much better...

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08/02/12    Features

Bill Frisell: Fear and Composing

The prolific musician brings Hunter S. Thompson’s prose to musical life

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04/06/12    Gearhead

In Gear: Jack DeJohnette

The drum legend on cymbals, keyboards and other essential equipment

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04/02/12    Features

Jack DeJohnette: Relishing the Here & Now

The legendary drummer celebrates his past and finds inspiration in new collaborations

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03/28/12    Albums

Further Explorations
Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian

You don’t have to know a lot of jazz history to enjoy Further Explorations , the two-CD live set from Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian. Anyone can hear the graceful lyricism—not just from the pianist but from the bassist and drummer as well. Anyone...

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About Geoffrey Himes

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When he’s not writing for JT, the longtime Baltimore resident is writing for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harp, Paste, the Oxford American, Offbeat, Texas Music Magazine and the Baltimore City Paper.