Thursday, December 23 2010
The year's best albums are highlighted by the emergence of a future superstar, two veteran and virtuoso rappers, and a Dream Team of indie bands releasing career peaks.
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, October 19 2010
The contemporary pianist in a highly patterned solo recital, playing a riveting mixture of originals and standards, each one transformed with intelligence.
Sunday, October 25 2009
A stellar jazz trio + a wide-ranging repertoire = a great record.
Sunday, May 11 2008
The rising jazz pianist takes a stab at transforming the tone of the 21st century with a visionary album that blends the artistic and the intellectual.
Tuesday, August 24 2010
LOS ANGELES — Critical acclaim can be a tricky thing. While no musician would reject it, when an album becomes an 800-pound gorilla on year-end best-of
Tuesday, December 19 2006
Vijay Iyer is not your garden variety jazz pianist and composer. For one thing, he's got an interdisciplinary Ph D in cognitive science and music.