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JT Columnist Nate Chinen Hits the Blogosphere

Nate Chinen
Mary Halvorson

For those who can’t get enough Nate Chinen via JazzTimes or the New York Times, the award-winning music journo has launched a blog, titled “The Gig” after his monthly JT spot.

The Gig has been active since early June, and includes timely considerations of figures the jazz and pop worlds recently lost, from Michael Jackson to George Russell. Also featured are reviews of Paul Motian at the Village Vanguard with some unlikely comrades (Brad Mehldau and the Bad Plus’ Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson) as well as endorsements of female artists at opposite ends of jazz’s aesthetic spectrum: Diana Krall and the avant-garde guitarist Mary Halvorson, whose post includes an audio snippet with a surprising admission. (One of the most written-about jazz guitarists in recent memory doesn’t really dig jazz guitar.)

But the absolute must-check-out post is Chinen’s 7/23 meditation on this year’s round of jazz commissions from Chamber Music America. Following up a trenchant JT column, Chinen wonders out loud about the effect these commissions are having on the music, and a grip of intelligent, informed jazz folks answer him in the comments section-Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman among them. If you thought all comments-section dialogue had deteriorated to the ad hominem, this thread just might restore your faith in the medium.

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