Tuesday, May 5 2009
There's heat in here, yet the listener is never allowed to forget that steady hands are in control.
Sunday, April 5 2009
Ratliff eschews the typical trappings of routine biography to plumb more profound ideas of musical language, identity, and influence.
Tuesday, December 9 2008
The jazz/Americana/anything violinist creates a new set of riveting soundscapes.
Sunday, November 23 2008
Davis never wanted to stop moving, always wanted to be doing something, pissing somebody off, and driving people wild.
Thursday, July 17 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.
Tuesday, May 27 2008
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.
Wednesday, February 20 2008
Monday, February 11 2008
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.
Monday, January 7 2008
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.