Articles tagged john coltrane, miles davis, jazz

Part One: Pharoah Sanders Maybe you have to be a jazz aficionado to get excited by an album cover, but come on: How can you

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17 May 2009 // 8:57 PM

Ximena Sarinana: Mediocre

Her pop-soul tone has an indomitable spine.

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Mélanie Dahan: La Princesse et les Croque-Notes

All of this is electric, attractive.

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Ximo Tebar & Ivam Jazz Ensemble: Steps

There's heat in here, yet the listener is never allowed to forget that steady hands are in control.

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Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff

Ratliff eschews the typical trappings of routine biography to plumb more profound ideas of musical language, identity, and influence.

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Hot Buttered Soul: Politics and Pop Culture Are Really One

When change is upon us and we need media most, more and more traditional media outlets will simply pick up and disseminate what fewer and fewer folks have placed on the corporate-filtered news wire. Luckily, my new White House friend is as funky as you wanna be.

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Ravi Coltrane: The Son Also Rises

Tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane manages to look backward without seeming stale, and manages to deflect his sound off of his father's without either outright rejection or pale imitation.

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13 Feb 2009 // 4:32 AM

A friend recently asked for a recommendation on an album to give as a Valentine’s Day present - specifically, a recording substantial enough to

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Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Herbie Hancock (Episode 10)

“I’m interested in human beings,” Herbie Hancock tells Elvis Costello on tonight’s episode of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… (airing Wednesdays at 9pm EST/

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The Best Jazz of 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.

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9 Dec 2008 // 8:00 PM

Jenny Scheinman: Crossing

The jazz/Americana/anything violinist creates a new set of riveting soundscapes.

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Kind of Blue Revisited: The 50th Anniversary of the Greatest (Jazz) Album of All Time

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.

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Miles on Miles, ed Paul Maher Jr., Michael K. Dorr

Davis never wanted to stop moving, always wanted to be doing something, pissing somebody off, and driving people wild.

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Various Artists: Assemblage 1998-2008

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.

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Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues by Joe Evans

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.

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Huong Thanh & Nguyen Le: Fragile Beauty

This, the fourth album from these two Paris-based musicians, is a combination of squashy-soft jazz guitar and needle-pointed Vietnamese voice, all angles and prisms. Huong

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Jazz by Bob Blumenthal

This book serves as a shotgun blast, peppering the uninitiated with information as broadly and deeply as possible, and as a crash course in the genre.

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7 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff

Story of a Sound isn't just the story of a sound. It's a piece of jazz criticism that passionately questions and enhances the role of jazz criticism.

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20 Dec 2007 // 2:57 AM

In the age of downloads, CDs still reign in jazz

Somehow, in the age of downloads, iPods, file sharing and what-not, great jazz keeps turning up on compact disc. The proof lies in this year’

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Various: The Rough Guide to the Music of Paris

It's as if World Music Network wanted to release a follow-up to their Rough Guide to Paris Café Music but for some reason decided that it wasn't complete without a bit of Putumayo tucked in front of it.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "She Takes Me"

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"The newest Between the Grooves series tackles Lowercase's Kill the Lights, a great marriage of slowcore and post-punk: raw, angry, sullen, and very much alive almost 20 years later.

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