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Frantic, Distorted, Defiant: When Punk Jazz Upended the Underground

It was a shotgun wedding heard ’round the world. Forty years ago, a game-changing album appeared that forced a volatile marriage between punk rock and free jazz, two genres that struck many at the time as worlds apart. The 1979 debut by James Chance and the Contortions, wryly titled Buy, advanced a whole movement in … Read More “Frantic, Distorted, Defiant: When Punk Jazz Upended the Underground”

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Guru’s Jazzmatazz at 25

Above: Guru in 1993. Photo by Thierry Le Goues. A classic rule of journalism is “If you can’t be first, be best.” You could just as easily apply that principle to Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 by the late hip-hop artist Guru. A quarter-century ago, the rapper born Keith Edward Elam used his debut solo release to marry … Read More “Guru’s Jazzmatazz at 25″

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