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JT Notes: Renegade Heart

JazzTimes editor Mac Randall introduces the May 2019 issue

John Lurie
John Lurie on Nightclubbing in 1978 (photo: courtesy of Emily Armstrong/GoNightclubbing)

On our editorial calendar, this issue was originally designated as “The Renegades Issue.” Here’s one of the ways Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “renegade”: “an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior.” Going by that definition, you could argue that every issue of JazzTimes is full of renegades. What was supposed to set this issue apart was that we specifically wanted to highlight either up-and-coming players with a distinct sense of adventurousness in their work or established artists who normally operate outside the mainstream.

We did achieve that goal, to an extent. I’m particularly gratified to see youngsters like Pedro Martins, Veronica Swift, and Brian Krock in the pages of the May 2019 issue as well as David Dominique, whose giddily genre-surfing album Mask has, in the early months of 2019, become one of my favorite albums of 2018. It’s also great to catch up for the first time in a while with older yet still undersung players like Marilyn Crispell and Amina Claudine Myers.

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Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has been the editor of JazzTimes since May 2018. Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the magazine. He has written about numerous genres of music for a wide variety of publications over the past 30 years, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado, and he has worked on the editorial staffs of Musician, LAUNCH (now Yahoo! Music), Guitar One, Teaching Music, Music Alive!, and In Tune Monthly. He is the author of two books, Exit Music: The Radiohead Story and 101 Great Playlists. He lives in New York City.