Thursday, September 3 2009
Our jazz critic Will Layman spent a full week soaking up the music -- and the city -- offered by what may be North America's finest jazz festival.
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 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.
Thursday, November 29 2007
This is a fairly bored never-before-released set from a time when jazz had no idea how to exist in the world of rock 'n' roll.
Wednesday, October 24 2007
Coltrane's supportive role as a sideman is highlighted on this five-disc collection of "blowing sessions" recorded for Prestige in the late '50s.
Wednesday, October 11 2006
A fantastic jazz trio gets somewhat stuck in a web of other voices and intentions -- but still plays great.
Tuesday, May 16 2006
A solid band pedigree propels this recording to impressive height.