David R. Adler New Releases: 1. David S. Ware Shakti (Aum Fidelity) 2. Miguel Zenón Esta Plena (Marsalis Music) 3. Gerald Clayton Two-Shade (ArtistShare) 4. … Read More “Critics Picks 2009: Individual Ballots”
Jazz in New York is better than ever, thanks in part to a wide range of places that feature the music. Spread throughout the city, some have a living room feel while others are upscale affairs. Steve Dollar compiles a list of nightclubs that should not be missed.
After the Storm Hurricane Katrina and the New Orleans Catastrophe Jazz’s tragedy was America’s tragedy this year, and hindsight has produced no shortage of scrutiny … Read More “Year in Review: Highs & Lows”
Herbie Hancock Possibilities (Hear/Vector/Hancock) Possibilities is Herbie Hancock’s high-quality foray into the world of pop-but not the sort of electric funk you might think. “If … Read More “Autumn Chill: 41 of the Season’s Best Albums, Part I”
David Benoit Orchestral Stories (Peak) David Benoit has long been a pianist whose harmonic and rhythmic flourishes were more in the tradition of classicists like … Read More “Autumn Chill: 41 of the Season’s Best Albums, Part II”
We asked 50 writers to choose an album from the past three and a half decades that he or she was dying to tell the world about. The results are surprising, and the essays personal-a fond look back at 35 years of recorded jazz. To augment the section, we’ve printed some rare and wonderful photos from our archives.
From the opening of jazz’s Taj Mahal in New York City to major artists self-releasing their CDs, from an unlikely tribute album rising up to be the album of the year to the incredible amounts of musical creativity in the face of ongoing economic uncertainy-this is the year in jazz.