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David Sánchez and the African Tinge

Like his music, David Sánchez operates in many places at once. The tenor saxophonist, who returns frequently to his native Puerto Rico, is speaking to JazzTimes on the phone from his home in Atlanta, but he’s just returned from a three-week residency in Colombia and is preparing to fly to the Dominican Republic. Those flight … Read More “David Sánchez and the African Tinge”

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Chris Potter: Life After Being Overrated

“It’s like asking, ‘Do you ever get tired of living?’ You do, but it’s always temporary.” Chris Potter is laughing as he tries to explain how, 30 years after he arrived in New York as one of jazz music’s most heralded prodigies, he’s still motivated to write, record, and perform. For the acclaimed saxophonist, now … Read More “Chris Potter: Life After Being Overrated”

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Adam O’Farrill Does Not Play Latin Jazz

Above: Adam O’Farrill at the Vision Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 2018. Photo by Marek Lazarski. One day when Adam O’Farrill was around five, he had a remarkable experience that, as he is careful to note, may or may not have been prophetic. He was visiting the Upper West Side apartment of the late saxophonist … Read More “Adam O’Farrill Does Not Play Latin Jazz”

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It’s Still Not Betty Davis Time, But We’re Getting There

To be ahead of one’s time requires that one’s time eventually arrives. Despite the current, belated critical appreciation for Betty Davis’ work, her music remains jarring to the contemporary listener. Its aggressive, stripped-down, abstract funk is certainly much different from the glossy, R&B-driven version of that music currently peddled by artists like Bruno Mars and … Read More “It’s Still Not Betty Davis Time, But We’re Getting There”

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Julian Lage: Modern Lore (Mack Avenue)

Guitarist Julian Lage once again indulges his inner historian on Modern Lore, the follow-up to his trio’s 2016 studio debut, Arclight. The latter was inspired by the pre-bop tunes of the early 1920s, and the former plays off a much more alien influence (at least in the jazz and jazz-adjacent realms): early rock. But as … Read More “Julian Lage: Modern Lore (Mack Avenue)”

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Daymé Arocena: Cuban Revelation

Daymé Arocena doesn’t mince words when it comes to her goals: “I’m fighting for Cuba,” she says on the phone from Havana, where she was born 25 years ago and still lives today. Though the singer earned international acclaim early into her career, thanks to co-signs from saxophonist Jane Bunnett and impresario Gilles Peterson, two … Read More “Daymé Arocena: Cuban Revelation”

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Review: Jazz re:freshed Live at Nublu in NYC

Like so many hip things, it would have been easy to write off as a product of the ambiance: Everyone at the second of Jazz re:freshed’s two New York shows this August was altogether too cool-looking—they were dancing too freely and Instagramming too often, glowing under Lower East Side venue Nublu’s slick LED lighting. They … Read More “Review: Jazz re:freshed Live at Nublu in NYC”

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Is Jazz Still Sexist?

“So you’re really into jazz?” says the man, aghast. The man, and the context, are interchangeable. Old or young, at a party or the Newport Jazz Festival, it’s the same. A positive response to this patronizing question is never evidence enough; I will be vetted for my bona fides—regardless of his credentials—until the man realizes … Read More “Is Jazz Still Sexist?”

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