Wednesday, May 11 2011
One of the most prolific singer-songwriters to emerge from the 1960s, Bruce Cockburn is also the most eclectic, very likely the most honest, and certainly the most overlooked. Upon the release of his 31st studio album, Small Source of Comfort, I had the opportunity to talk with him about his new record, his career, and even Justin Bieber.
Tuesday, May 18 2010
Inspiring comparisons to Madonna, New Order and Depeche Mode, Class Actress is ready for their close-up.
Thursday, April 15 2010
Best known by his performance name, RJD2, Ramble John has mastered the art of a perfect snare hit, blaring horn hook and soulful vocal all from the comfort of his sampler and Technics.
Thursday, August 27 2009
On the eve of his third Blue Note release, Double Booked, jazz pianist Robert Glasper discusses his stylistic bifurcation, MC skills, and -- inevitably -- Michael Jackson's legacy.
Sunday, July 5 2009
What I distinctly remember was the incredible sense of awe I felt when Michael took the stage. I was totally captivated. He struck such a defiant opening pose, I was intimidated by the man.
Sunday, July 26 2009
Returning to their grittier guitar-driven rock they pushed the limits of the audiences’ own acoustic comfort.
Sunday, April 26 2009
If Company of Thieves could convince its vocalist, Genevieve Schatz, to sing with a leading voice and focused its melodies, it might become the dazzling band heard six months ago at CMJ.
Monday, March 23 2009
An hour of solitary and ethereal playing in a single take recalls Thelonious Monk’s solo masterpiece, Thelonious Alone in San Francisco.
Thursday, December 18 2008
Though jazz is equally, if not more, fundamental to the American psyche as baseball, we, unfortunately, don’t pay our dues as devoutly as to those on the diamond.
Monday, December 15 2008
Pharrell and his Neptunes exert a svengali-like control over the record, helping Common release his most contrived and banal album to date.
Thursday, June 28 2012
Day 2 at Governor's Ball NYC presented a maturing festival--in both its lineup and execution. And that was a good thing.
Thursday, March 8 2012
The Robert Glasper Experiment yielded to overwhelming demand by adding this second album release show.
Sunday, March 4 2012
Lyle Lovett was in classic form Tuesday night in New York, showing off his stylistic dexterity.
Thursday, October 20 2011
The Ali Jackson Trio celebrates Dizzy Gillespie's birthday this week at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the help of some special guests.
Monday, October 10 2011
When blessed with an attentive sound-man who can balance their contrasting sounds, Ava Luna is an especially strong group—one that finally seems to be getting the attention it deserves.