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Monday, March 2 2015

Bob Dylan - “The Night We Called It a Day” (video)

The legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan gets away with murder in the old-timey noir music video of his Frank Sinatra cover "The Night We Called It a Day".


Friday, February 27 2015

Kenosha Kid - “Zombie Party” (video) (Premiere)

Surf rock meets jazz meets bizarro black and white in the latest music video by the Athens, Georgia experimental outfit Kenosha Kid.


Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press

Ethel Payne's gripping accounts of black life in post-World War II America provided critical information that was largely missing from mainstream journalism.


Thursday, February 26 2015

Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

Iyer’s trio returns for its ECM debut, a sharp rhythmic workout that continues this musician’s brilliant run.


Wednesday, February 25 2015

Hypercolor: Hypercolor

Hypercolor is a New York trio, an absolute mess of influences that can't help but play around with a blender.


Monday, February 9 2015

Gebhard Ullman Basement Research: Hat and Shoes

Pinning down Gebhard Ullman is like trying to have a clean basement -- possible, but damn difficult.


Friday, January 30 2015

Counterbalance: Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch!

The most accessible avant-garde album ever, or the most avant-garde mainstream jazz album ever? From 1964, something sweet, something tender is this week’s Counterbalance -- straight up and down.


Monday, January 19 2015

The 2015 Grammys Get Jazz Mostly Wrong, a Little Right

Grammy nominations in jazz are rarely adventurous and usually confusing. Yet this year's slate is intriguing.


Wednesday, January 14 2015

How Pioneering Blues Women Were All But Written out of “Official” Blues History

While industry gatekeepers were invested in a specific image of black performance, black performers themselves had different ideas.


Friday, November 21 2014

Dana Stephens: Peace

A rare saxophonist who is comfortable playing baritone, tenor and soprano records an album that is, simply, beautiful.


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Darius Jones: The Oversoul Manual (Reviews) [11.Nov.14]
Matt Ulery: In the Ivory (Reviews) [10.Nov.14]
Nicholas Payton: Numbers (Reviews) [7.Nov.14]
Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time (Reviews) [29.Oct.14]
The Bad Plus: Inevitable Western (Reviews) [28.Oct.14]
I’m Rick James’ Bio, Bitch! (Columns) [27.Oct.14]
Gary Clark Jr.: Live (Reviews) [23.Oct.14]
Ry Cooder: Soundtracks (Reviews) [17.Oct.14]
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Worker (Reviews) [17.Oct.14]
JW-Jones: Belmont Boulevard (Capsule Reviews) [13.Oct.14]
Walt Weiskopf: Overdrive (Reviews) [10.Oct.14]
Jason Ajemian: Folklords (Capsule Reviews) [6.Oct.14]
Flying Lotus: You’re Dead! (Reviews) [6.Oct.14]
BADBADNOTGOOD: III (Reviews) [13.May.14]
Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy’s Big 4 (Reviews) [13.Jan.14]
Moreland & Arbuckle: 7 Cities (Reviews) [10.Sep.13]
Omar: The Man (Reviews) [6.Sep.13]
Derrick Hodge: Live Today (Reviews) [28.Aug.13]
Albert Ayler: Live on the Riviera (Reviews) [27.Aug.13]
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