04/01/16 By Shaun Brady
A bizarre action-movie narrative derails Don Cheadle’s long-anticipated jazz flick
03/25/16 By Evan Haga
Spirit and story top biography in Robert Budreau’s inventive "Born to Be Blue"
03/15/16 DVDs By Lucy Tauss
The Unity Sessions strives to capture the connections, both musical and extramusical, shared by the members of guitarist Pat Metheny’s most recent working group, the Unity Band: saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Ben Williams, drummer Antonio Sanchez and...
03/10/16 DVDs By Philip Booth
It’s hard to overestimate how eagerly fusion fans anticipated JACO , the first full-length documentary on Jaco Pastorius, the game-changing electric bass virtuoso and gifted composer. Directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, the film—nearly six years...
02/23/16 DVDs By Matt R. Lohr
The films of Robert Mugge engage crucially not only with the sounds but also the philosophies of the artists whose work they explore, and it is difficult to imagine two more philosophically engaged artists than the incendiary songwriter/vocalist Gil Scott...
09/11/15 By Steve Greenlee
Branford Marsalis’ 2002 album, Footsteps of Our Fathers , which included his quartet’s recitation of John Coltrane’s four-part suite A Love Supreme , drew mostly favorable reviews, though at least one critic ( ahem ) found it stiff, emotionless and unnecessary...
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