Articles tagged john coltrane, miles davis, jazz

Fred Hersch: Alone at the Vanguard

Fred Hersch has been described as a poet of the piano. This live recording shows why.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury Band: American Legacies

American Legacies pairs New Orleans jazz with traditional bluegrass for the sound of the saints marching in to Kentucky. You'll want to be in that number.

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Billy Bang: Goodbye and Rest in Peace

The more I think about the recently-deceased Billy Bang, the more I'm convinced his life is the kind of story someone should write a novel about. Except someone already did: Billy Bang did, and his novel was his life, and his life's story is articulated in his music. And his music lives on.

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Lineup of musicians in place for 2011 Detroit International Jazz Festival

DETROIT — One of the programming deficiencies that Terri Pontremoli began addressing when she assumed command of the Detroit International Jazz Festival in 2007 was that many

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Lee Shaw: Together Again - Live at the Egg and Live at Art Gallery Reutlingen

Jazz pianist Lee Shaw releases two live albums, one an innovative summit with a famous protégé. The other sounds like she and her band are ready to nod off.

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11 Apr 2011 // 8:58 PM

Chris Parrello: Things I Wonder

Manhattan guitarist Chris Parrello throws diverse but not disparate styles together on his debut album.

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Adam Pieronczyk: Komeda – The Innocent Sorcerer

It's an inspired move -- this tribute to an elder statesman of Polish jazz while managing to keep a unique style intact.

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Steven Lugerner: Narratives/These Are the Words

The ghosts of Torah past and third-stream present flow together on Steven Lugerner's double album.

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Nostalgia 77: The Sleepwalking Society

This is music best appreciated with a martini glass in your hand, though the concoction should definitely be stirred and not shaken.

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Weasel Walter / Mary Halvorson / Peter Evans: Electric Fruit

Have you ever dropped everything simply to appreciate how many different sounds exist in the world?

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Paolo Fresu: Mistico Mediterraneo

Sardinian trumpeter Paolo Fresu looks to a neighboring island for his latest collaboration of horn, bandoneon, and archaic voices.

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Gerald Cleaver’s Uncle June Ensemble: Be It As I See It

This album is really scattered, but we are all the better for it.

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Joel Harrison String Choir: The Music of Paul Motian

This chamber music tribute to the music of Paul Motian deserves more discussion than it will likely receive.

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15 Mar 2011 // 8:00 AM

Bud Powell: Un Poco Loco

In between stays at mental institutions for schizophrenia, Powell left behind a remarkable legacy. Sadly, he hasn’t received the same widespread admiration that his close friend Thelonious Monk secured. But to true fans of the jazz genre, Powell is revered.

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Kermit Driscoll - Reveille (video)

Don't call him just-a-bassist!

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Brad Mehldau: Live in Marciac

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau takes the stage solo in south France, where all of his talents are laid bare for all to see and hear.

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3 Mar 2011 // 4:02 AM

Dave Douglas in 2011

Spark of Being live, composition workshop, upcoming mobile release.

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Eddie Gomez & Cesarius Alvim: Forever

Such strong musical telepathy can be more fun for the performers than the listeners. At least it's quality telepathy.

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Wadada Leo Smith / Ed Blackwell: The Blue Mountain’s Sun Drummer

Let's call it one of the best new jazz albums from 1986.

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13 Feb 2011 // 9:00 PM

The Bad Plus: Never Stop

No longer hiding behind irony, The Bad Plus emerge unscathed and even more worthy of applause.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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