I left thinking that holding a blues (or a jazz) festival in every city and town would not be a bad idea. It’s a better way for municipalities to spend their money — with a surer payoff — than tax abatements for Amazon.
“It’s not something to be tolerated,” saxophonist Kamasi Washington said. “It’s something to be celebrated.”
Melhor do que isso só mesmo o silêncio, melhor do que o silêncio só joão (The only thing better than [music] is silence, the only thing better than silence is João)—Caetano Veloso (“Pra Ninguém”)
This year’s Montreal Jazz Festival Festival would have been more successful had it not been for all the construction ripping apart the city.
A sense of promise remains a hallmark of the Montreal Jazz Festival — always end by looking forward.
The Montreal Jazz Festival is overwhelming in a way, but somehow genial, and finally inspiring.
Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony is his third effort in the grand form.
Satoko Fujii and Ramon Lopez are clear-eyed adventurers; this is free jazz that shimmers with inquisitive transparency.
2019 is the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Double Six of Paris, so it is a good time to shine a spotlight on the group’s spectacular work.
This set of discs will be a delight for any fan of advanced (and incredibly sustained) creativity in music.