Sunday, September 14 2014
Mostly Other People Do the Killing have taken on an ambitious task: recreate Miles Davis' landmark Kind of Blue note for note. Except, as bassist Moppa Elliott notes, note-for-note might just be impossible.
Tuesday, December 7 2010
Jazz is working all the angles these days. Is there any other genre that has as much range -- from solo instruments to big bands, from instrumental to vocal, from European musicians to both North and South Americans, from truly pretty music to raucously avant-garde "noise"?
Tuesday, December 16 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.
Wednesday, October 22 2014
What if today’s jazz is a little bit Bill Frisell and a little bit Ornette Coleman?
Wednesday, December 17 2008
Two new albums by piano-less quartets offer big doses of fun -- urgent rhythms, slabs of blues feeling, melody and invention with hardly any limit -- but also provide thrill-rides of surprise.
Sunday, November 2 2014
The antic modern band courts controversy, and philosophy, by recreating the most famous jazz album precisely, exactly, note for note for nuance. Can you tell the difference? You should be able to, and that’s the point.
Wednesday, March 27 2013
The antic jazz quartet, back on the job: fun and loose and flying.
Thursday, April 8 2010
A mad, jaunty frolic from bassist Moppa Elliott and his brilliant, playful jazz quartet.