Sunday, May 10 2009
All of this is electric, attractive.
Tuesday, May 5 2009
There's heat in here, yet the listener is never allowed to forget that steady hands are in control.
Sunday, April 5 2009
Ratliff eschews the typical trappings of routine biography to plumb more profound ideas of musical language, identity, and influence.
Tuesday, December 16 2008
More than ever, the best jazz is coming from small labels, and more than ever the best draws a decent slice from the dynamics of rock and pop music without itself being a commercial venture.
Tuesday, December 9 2008
The jazz/Americana/anything violinist creates a new set of riveting soundscapes.
Tuesday, December 2 2008
A staple of modern music for nearly 50 years, Kind of Blue is near-impossible to hear with fresh ears. But perhaps that is precisely why it needs some re-examining.
Sunday, November 23 2008
Davis never wanted to stop moving, always wanted to be doing something, pissing somebody off, and driving people wild.
Thursday, July 17 2008
Cryptogramophone's triumphant 2-CD retrospective is highly listenable, accessible, and immensely engaging. What is the opposite of under the radar? Cryptogramophone is headed there.
Tuesday, May 27 2008
It's fun discovering that Jackie Wilson used to be a prizefighter or imagining band members waking up a drugged-out Charlie Parker right before his solo.