Tuesday, March 10 2015
1965 places that year's astonishing surge of innovative pop music in a larger context of social, cultural, and political change.
Wednesday, November 5 2014
This set, performed just nine months before Coltrane's death, shows both the impressive openness of his late-era band and the limitations of its sound.
Monday, October 7 2013
An entirely improvised performance by two of the scene's avant-garde composers
Tuesday, August 7 2012
In Olympic action we hope to see perfection. With jazz improvisation we want something beyond even that.
Tuesday, November 1 2011
Kef is postmodern chamber jazz that swings proficiently with an always-apparent – and quite convincing – Eastern vibe.
Thursday, July 7 2011
No matter how many times it gets reissued, a great album is still a great album. Monk's Music will never sound anything short of terrific.
Friday, June 24 2011
The Great List of the most acclaimed albums of all time makes its first foray into jazz, beginning with Miles Davis’ 1959 favorite. With no lyrics to quote, Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn are having difficulty writing this introduction.
Tuesday, June 7 2011
Their band is named after one of American history's most revered women. Their album is named after one of John Coltrane's most ambitious works. Harriet Tubman's Ascension walks the talk.
Sunday, June 5 2011
The latest Miles Davis collection chronicles some of the best, most interesting and hungry tunes the legend ever offered.
Wednesday, May 11 2011
McCoy Tyner epitomizes the restless spirit and inspiration that characterizes all of our great artists. He was already a master by the mid-’60s; his work with John Coltrane could be studied and analyzed the way entire catalogs of music get dissected by critics. He was neither sated nor satisfied though, so he kept pushing and his work became increasingly ambitious, wide in scope and rewarding