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Stan Getz: Getz at the Gate (Verve)

Any newly discovered vintage Stan Getz live tape has to shoulder some formidable competition—especially if you believe that the finest recordings he ever cut were the in-concert sessions he blasted his way through at the Royal Roost in 1950. Getz was a footloose artist; adept in multiple styles, regularly on the go, he seemed to … Read More “Stan Getz: Getz at the Gate (Verve)”

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JazzTimes 10: Jazz on Film

When it comes to symbiosis, jazz and cinema aren’t exactly the clownfish and the sea anemone. Cinema asks us to travel with our eyes, to use them as portals to other times and places, whether real or imagined. Jazz, on the other hand, is aural storytelling, transporting you via your ears both to a distant … Read More “JazzTimes 10: Jazz on Film”

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Concert Review: Pat Metheny Solo at Rockport Music

There is an inherent risk with a solo jazz guitar concert that rather than experiencing a tour of a verdant garden, with life flowing in all directions, an audience might be subjected to a monoculture. Proceedings can get very same-y, awfully quickly. Which is perhaps why Pat Metheny had put off doing for so long … Read More “Concert Review: Pat Metheny Solo at Rockport Music”

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Doris Day: Her Jazziest Moment

There are certain singers we might consider ’tweeners, occupying some liminal space between jazz and pop. Judy Garland is one of these, though I’ve always heard the commanding jazzer’s way with phrasing in her voice. So too with the recently deceased Doris Day, ever since I first experienced her breathy melismas from “Que Sera Sera” … Read More “Doris Day: Her Jazziest Moment”

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Anthony Braxton: GTM (Syntax) 2017 (New Braxton House)

Certain recording projects are so vast in their conceptual scope that attempting to process their remit can feel like being a test pilot in a science-fiction drama. So, buckle up, buckaroo, for this 12-CD Anthony Braxton odyssey that features none of Braxton’s horn play and centers exclusively on his vision as a composer for voice … Read More “Anthony Braxton: GTM (Syntax) 2017 (New Braxton House)”

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