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Monday, October 7 2013

John Zorn + Ryuichi Sakamoto: Zorn@60, 4 October 2013 - Japan Society, New York

An entirely improvised performance by two of the scene's avant-garde composers


Tuesday, August 7 2012

Thoughts on the Olympics, Improvisation and Jay Adams

In Olympic action we hope to see perfection. With jazz improvisation we want something beyond even that.


Tuesday, November 1 2011

Aram Bajakian: Aram Bajakian’s Kef

Kef is postmodern chamber jazz that swings proficiently with an always-apparent – and quite convincing – Eastern vibe.


Thursday, July 7 2011

Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Music

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

Counterbalance No. 39: Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of Blue’

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

Harriet Tubman: Ascension

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

Miles Davis: The Definitive Miles Davis on Prestige

The latest Miles Davis collection chronicles some of the best, most interesting and hungry tunes the legend ever offered.


Wednesday, May 11 2011

(It’s Always) Time For McCoy Tyner

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


Tuesday, May 3 2011

David Liebman: Lieb Plays the Blues à la Trane

Don't let the lofty title fool you, saxophonist David Liebman is just playing covers and having fun here.


Wednesday, April 13 2011

Pitom: Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes

By the end of Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes you should be exhausted by the experience, but you mostly feel rejuvenated, aware that something meaningful has happened.


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