07/22/15 By Thomas Conrad
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “There are no second acts in American lives.” On Nov. 2, 1971, Gary McFarland died under mysterious circumstances at the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village. He was 38. Apparently he ingested a lethal dose of liquid methadone. It will...
02/23/15 DVDs By Jeff Tamarkin
Wayne Shorter concert and documentary
02/20/15 DVDs By Matt R. Lohr
A unique fusion of jazz and documentary theater
10/23/14 DVDs By Ted Panken
His life, music and philosophies
02/09/13 DVDs By Evan Haga
In case you slept through 2010, let’s recap: Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion was a one-band-man project for the ages, wherein the guitarist fronted a large ensemble’s worth of instruments played using an elaborate system of robotics. It was the sort of mad scientist’s...
02/06/13 DVDs By Jeff Tamarkin
Although he outlasted most of his big band-era contemporaries, working steadily for more than 50 years and never resorting to nostalgia, Woody Herman is rarely considered iconic today. Perhaps that’s because—as some of the clarinetist, saxophonist and singer’s...
02/02/13 DVDs By Bill Meredith
Japanese pianist Hiromi left fans perplexed when she disbanded her trio with fellow Berklee alumni Tony Grey (bass) and Martin Valihora (drums) after several standout releases. Yet that trio, often augmented by guitarist David Fiuczynski, built its incredible...
06/28/12 By Philip Booth
If not for the unhappy ending, The Wayman Tisdale Story (Mack Avenue), a film included in the CD/DVD package of the same name, would make for a terrific inspirational feature film: Oklahoma kid from meager means plays in the band at his preacher father’s...
11/27/11 DVDs By Jeff Tamarkin
Coltrane, Blakey, Hubbard, Monk, Kirk and Griffin in sizzling historic performances