Ken Micallef was once a jazz drummer; then he found religion and began writing about jazz rather than performing it. (He continues to air-drum jazz rhythms in front of his hi-fi rig and various NYC bodegas.) His reportage has appeared in Time Out, Modern Drummer, DownBeat, Stereophile, and Electronic Musician. Ken is the administrator of Facebook’s popular Jazz Vinyl Lovers group, and he reviews vintage jazz recordings on YouTube as Ken Micallef Jazz Vinyl Lover.
What consistently stands out in Julian Lage’s guitar playing is his bursting-at-the-seams sense of energy. Music practically springboards from the Santa Rosa, California, native’s fingers, … Read More “Julian Lage: Squint (Blue Note)”
London-based producer, pianist, and MC Alfa Mist has generated a growing stateside buzz, with his earlier releases Nocturne (2015), Antiphon (2017), and Structuralism (2019) positing … Read More “Alfa Mist: Bring Backs (Anti-)”
For his fifth and latest release as a leader, the assertively titled Still Doing Our Thing (Posi-Tone), New Jersey-based vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads a quartet … Read More “Behn Gillece: Doing It Right”
A brilliant drummer/composer as comfortable leveling a straight-ahead ride cymbal groove as fulminating an avant-garde pulse, Gerald Cleaver has made an electronic-based album that upends … Read More “Gerald Cleaver: Signs (577)”
When the 2020 New York Winter Jazzfest picked drummer/composer Mark Guiliana as its artist in residence for 2020, the festival’s organizers asked him to enlist … Read More “Mark Guiliana Meets Kneebody”
Copenhagen-born Agnes Obel channels ghosts, spirits, and nightmares, her icy vocal undulations elevated by sparse instrumentation and studio effects. It’s the perfect soundtrack for mourning … Read More “Agnes Obel: Myopia (Blue Note)”