Sunday, April 4 2010
Once again, Omar Sosa has produced a distinct take on world jazz while renewing his own exploratory project, all within the carefully orchestrated confines of ritual space and time-honored practice.
Wednesday, February 17 2010
For all of its strength, poise, and extroversion, Friendly Pants does little to create any particular sensation, and instead operates more as a skill showcase for the musicians involved.
Friday, February 12 2010
Conspicuously absent from PM’s list of the best nonfiction for 2009 is Robin D. G. Kelly’s comprehensive biography of the high priest of bop, Thelonious Sphere Monk.
Monday, January 25 2010
Maiysha takes The Blue Note stage to record live follow-up to her Grammy-nominated debut.
Monday, November 16 2009
Astatke has a great capacity for intelligent play, the James Joyce kind of innovation that isn't afraid to be slangy and entertaining at the same time that it chases a serious purpose.
Tuesday, November 10 2009
These beautifully arranged pieces place this among the really enjoyable and surprising Christmas albums.
Wednesday, November 4 2009
Brazilian guitarist and composer Baden Powell has his music treated to rich and beautiful jazz arrangements.
Monday, October 19 2009
Jack Webb's glum radio series 'Pete Kelly's Blues' is a sigh of a tribute to the roaring '20s, a melancholic parade of blistering jazz and the pointlessness of its own nostalgia.
Tuesday, September 22 2009
Noel Coward's play is brought to the screen with Jessica Biel in the lead role, but the film loses much of the bite of the stage version.
Thursday, August 27 2009
On the eve of his third Blue Note release, Double Booked, jazz pianist Robert Glasper discusses his stylistic bifurcation, MC skills, and -- inevitably -- Michael Jackson's legacy.