Monday, April 9 2012
Pianist, singer and songwriter Dave Frishberg, something of a cracked lovechild of Stephen Sondheim and Woody Allen's, is a too-little known miracle. The writer of hip ditties like "Peel Me a Grape" is also much more.
Friday, October 21 2011
The Ali Jackson Trio celebrates Dizzy Gillespie's birthday this week at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the help of some special guests.
Friday, July 8 2011
No matter how many times it gets reissued, a great album is still a great album. Monk's Music will never sound anything short of terrific.
Tuesday, March 15 2011
In between stays at mental institutions for schizophrenia, Powell left behind a remarkable legacy. Sadly, he hasn’t received the same widespread admiration that his close friend Thelonious Monk secured. But to true fans of the jazz genre, Powell is revered.
A fine overview, but given the breadth of the artist's Riverside and Prestige catalogs, it's hard to shake the sense that this collection conceals at least as much as it reveals
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.
Friday, December 19 2008
Though jazz is equally, if not more, fundamental to the American psyche as baseball, we, unfortunately, don’t pay our dues as devoutly as to those on the diamond.
Monday, December 3 2007
The vintage, never-before-released outing from the a high point of Monk's career
Friday, October 5 2007
Monk, after a while, begins to remind you of a wily raconteur, retelling a funny story that you’ve never heard before.
Friday, December 8 2006
The classic studio meetings between Monk (teacher) and Coltrane (student), still tantalizing and uneven.