About 70 minutes into Bertrand Tavernier’s 1986 film ‘Round Midnight, Dale Turner, the character played by Dexter Gordon, picks up a soprano saxophone and plays … Read More “Jacky Terrasson: Sourire de Francais”
We’re in the midst of winter, but it’s another breathtaking San Fernando Valley day, the temperature nestling in the mid-’70s. From the large conference room … Read More “The Jazz Crusaders & Joe Sample: The Next Crusade”
The first thing you hear on Christian McBride’s new album, Vertical Vision, is a hot-jazz tune that sounds like something Fletcher Henderson might have recorded … Read More “Christian McBride: Or So You Thought You Knew”
The most controversial band in jazz today is neither some plugged-in improv band nor a no-stones smooth-jazz group. No, the Bad Plus is an acoustic piano trio that makes many people fall in love with jazz for the first time even as it turns off longtime listeners to the music. Why are tastes so divided about the Band Plus? Tad Hendrickson talks with the band about their phenomenal success over the past year. Meanwhile, Bill Milkowski dissects the group, and John Murph wonders aloud if race is part of the Bad Plus’ popularity.
It’s happening, it’s underway-it’s just a question of how far and how fast. With more and more ensembles including a musician dealing with electronics-sequencing, programming, … Read More “Jazztronica: A Brief History of the Future of Jazz”