Colin Fleming

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12/03/14    Albums

Chick Corea

Jelly Roll Morton had his “Finger Breaker,” and so in the same pianistic spirit this two-disc Chick Corea set might as well be subtitled “Genre Buster.” Solo piano recitals are as close as jazz gets to classical music, but Corea has an entirely new slant...


11/24/14    Albums

Charlie Haden/Jim Hall
Charlie Haden/Jim Hall

Cut at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in July 1990, this Haden-Hall bass/guitar duet album smacks of affinity, several ways over. The opening “Bemsha Swing” commences with a super-fluid Haden bass riff, nailing the song’s outside-of-time feel while...


05/13/14    Albums

Miles at the Fillmore--Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
Miles Davis

Miles Davis’ late 1960s and early 1970s live electric music always had a physicality to it, a heft that could make it feel as though something was leaning on you as you listened. Darker, bluesy shadings suggested an undercurrent of early soul and R&B, but...


12/24/13    Albums

The Original Mono Recordings
Miles Davis

There’s a tendency to consider monaural recordings as stuff for the hoi polloi, what you got back in the late 1950s and early ’60s if you weren’t well-heeled enough to have high-end stereo equipment. But as this nine-disc box makes plain, mono, so far as...


05/21/13    Features

Bryan Ferry's Old, Unknown World

Roxy Music singer recasts his hits in 'The Jazz Age'


02/17/13    Albums

The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-1965
Charles Mingus

Certain Mosaic boxes pull rank on others, no small accomplishment given the unilateral quality of the company’s various releases. This particular set, though, is one of the half dozen or so true heavies: an epic slab of absolutely vital—and vanguard—1960s...


11/20/12    Albums

Live in Paris
The A, B, C & D of Boogie Woogie

As one of rock’s most eloquent drummers—and one who never lacked for groove—Charlie Watts always seemed like he’d be a boogie-woogie natural, even if the Rolling Stones tended to avoid that medium. But this is boogie-woogie central here, as you’d expect...


07/30/12    Albums

Kenny Drew/Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen

This is about as convivial as jazz gets, and if you like listening to music that feels like it’s talking to you, Kenny Drew and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen are close to ideal companions. Which makes sense, given the rapport so in evidence on these sessions...


07/27/12    Albums

Bill Dixon

Bracingly conceptual, trumpeter Bill Dixon’s live Envoi is for the listener whose tastes run towards the heady. If you’re prone to nodding in agreement as you listen to something like Ornette Coleman’s Swedish recordings for Blue Note, here are your latest...


05/11/12    Albums

Twin Bill: Two Piano Music of Bill Evans
Alan Pasqua

An album intended as an homage to Bill Evans can be a bit of tricky business, given how dissociative Evans’ playing could be. There is not a single player that one might mistake for him, and few that can be recognized faster. This provides an opportunity...


01/29/12    Albums

The Bowie Variations
Mike Garson

Having immersed yourself in an album that purports to be an extension on assorted musical themes by rock composer David Bowie, you might be surprised to find yourself not thinking about Bowie at all. Albums of this nature sometimes function as glorified...


01/25/12    Albums

Post Scriptum
Wolfert Brederode Quartet

When a jazz band is able to strike a balance with music that is brooding and personal yet outward and approachable, listeners who otherwise wouldn’t agree on much are in for a shared treat. This second album from Dutch pianist Wolfert Brederode’s international...


12/28/11    Albums

The Windmills of Your Mind
Paul Motian

On one of his last releases, Motian teams with Bill Frisell, Petra Haden and Thomas Morgan


12/27/11    Albums

Oscar Peterson

Zenph's incredible technology reanimates the artistry of another deceased master


12/06/11    Albums

The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings of the Modern Jazz Quartet 1956-64
The Modern Jazz Quartet

The Modern Jazz Quartet has typically been slotted a notch below the top jazz ensembles: a worthy enough unit, but also a source of consternation for fans of the genre, given how readily the band transcended it. They are certainly the most Bach-ian of jazz...


07/10/11    Albums

The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
Duke Ellington

Mosaic isn’t exactly mucking around on this gargantuan 11-disc set that essentially distills the first grand age of Ellingtonia into the contents of one box set. There would, of course, be other ages of comparable majesty, but this set represents the first...

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About Colin Fleming


Colin Fleming has been writing for Jazz Times since 2006. His work can also be found in a number of other publications: Slate, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, The New Criterion, Art New England, Tin House, Salon, ARTnews, ESPN The Magazine, The Smart Set, The Village Voice, The Barnes and Noble Review, The American Scholar, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Record Collector, Sport Literate, The Times Literary Supplement, MOJO, Salmagundi, Gramophone, Spin, Vanity Fair, Boston Review, Cineaste, The LA Times, The Wilson Quarterly, Record Collector, The San Francisco Chronicle, Vanity Fair, Boston Review, The American Interest, Architectural Record, Art in America, Metropolis, Sight and Sound, The Washington Post, Film Comment, The New Statesman, Time Out New York, Smithsonian Magazine, and many others.

His fiction has recently appeared in, or is forthcoming from, TriQuarterly, Pen America, The Hopkins Review, The Republic of Letters, The Ampersand Review, Boulevard, The Iowa Review, Slice Magazine, Black Clock, The Texas Review, Green Mountains Review, Denver Quarterly, Bull, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Massachusetts Review.

His first book, Dark March: Stories for When the Rest of the World is Asleep, will be released in June 2013 by Outpost19, with his second, Between Cloud and Horizon: A Relationship Casebook in Stories, following in September 2013 from Texas Review Press.

He has recently completed two more books: The Anglerfish Comedy Troupe: Stories from the Abyss, and a collection of stories set on Cape Cod called Here, Googan Googan: Home Videos, Rolling Heads, the One that Got Away, and All Manner of Briney Salvation from the Edge of America. He will shortly be finishing a novel called The Freeze Tag Sessions, about a genius piano prodigy who would rather be anything but, and Musings with Franklin, a novel entirely in conversations--and which you can drink to--which is set in a bar that may or may not be hell where the regulars--Writer, Bartender, and the guy from the suburbs who dresses up as Ben Franklin--gather.

He is also working on a book about the music of the Beatles and how it can shape a life called Just Give Me the Backing, a third novel--Padraig and Lorcan: The Demands of Crime, the Logistics of Friendship, and the Art of Taking the Piss--and a children's book, Silas Beaverton: The Beaver Who Tried to Dam the Ocean.

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