Columns // 3 Articles
Reviews // 16 Articles
Blogs // 5 Articles
Part 1: Beethoven to Phil Ochs (1824-1965)
15 Jul 2007 // 5:00 PM
Psalm 100 instructs, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!". What more joyful sound than the life-affirming song of protest, for that is the sound wrenched from the deepest grief and suffering, from exhausted and diseased lungs, and the voice raised in tuneful protest is among the most beautiful of human sounds. Sing out, indeed!
Finding the Sublime in Jazz, an Argument for Abstraction
21 Nov 2016 // 9:00 PM
Jazz columnist Will Layman presents seven pieces of music as evidence of the beauty and urgency of pure sound in instrumental jazz.
Jazz May Be Reeling in Terms of Record Sales, But It's Thriving As an Art Form
22 Oct 2014 // 8:30 PM
What if today’s jazz is a little bit Bill Frisell and a little bit Ornette Coleman?
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (The Complete Masters)
24 Nov 2015 // 8:30 PM
Fifty years later, with American music changed indelibly because of A Love Supreme, that seems like enough reason to celebrate the album yet again.
John Coltrane: Offering: Live at Temple University
4 Nov 2014 // 8:03 PM
This set, performed just nine months before Coltrane's death, shows both the impressive openness of his late-era band and the limitations of its sound.
List This! A Beginner's Guide to Blue Note Records
11 Jun 2014 // 3:03 AM
Blue Note, one of the foremost jazz record labels, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a vinyl initiative, releasing highlights from its massive catalog over the course of two years. Here are some picks to get you started.
Counterbalance No. 67: John Coltrane’s 'A Love Supreme'
3 Feb 2012 // 1:00 AM
As Coltrane said, “One thought can produce millions of vibrations and they all go back to God.” A spiritual jazz masterpiece is the 67th most acclaimed album of all time. Counterbalance has a listen.