The jazz-rock pioneer reflects on some of his finest albums
Pat Metheny has long been jazz’s most heroic guitarist, but he’s a guitar god with a definite and unabashed affinity for experimentation and the avant-garde. Two recent offerings from Nonesuch, The Unity Sessions and Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny , veer...
07/23/16 JT Notes
Editor Evan Haga on NYC, Eddie Palmieri and more
If John Coltrane came to personify a profound spiritual yearning, what has his boyhood friend Benny Golson signified? A personal brand of stately elegance, in everything from his appearance, with his dapper mustache out of classic Hollywood; to his playing...
06/14/16 JT Notes
Pharoah, Shepp, Gary Burton, Wendy Oxenhorn honored
As the JT reader will hear it, the British piano trio GoGo Penguin descends from acoustic jazz groups with pop tendencies—think the Bad Plus, e.s.t., certain ECM discs from the past couple decades, even the Brad Mehldau Trio in rock-interpreter mode. But...
Author of the book "Every Song Ever"
Baritone great was invaluable member of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
05/03/16 JT Notes
To have and to hold
05/02/16 Field Notes
The Obamas host jazz greats to celebrate International Jazz Day
Highlights include Kahil El'Zabar, the Cookers, a tribute to Bowie and more
Under a conceptual guise, crafting her best and most fully realized album yet
Blues, roots and "Blue Skies"
On Chet Baker, the trappings of biopics, and more
03/28/16 JT Notes
Blues & rifts
Spirit and story top biography in Robert Budreau’s inventive "Born to Be Blue"