Gunther Schuller dove into jazz with passionate hunger, in the process dispelling cultural, class, and racial prejudices.
Bill Frisell and his quartet performed a program of well-worn American hits whose juxtapositions allowed you to make your own cross-references and draw your own conclusions.
The New Orleans JazzFest is made for omnivorous gluttons, which makes it a perfect complement to the region’s cuisine.
Violinist Regina Carter and her band drew the audience in with a sustained mood of intimacy, warmth, and unfailingly beautiful playing.
There were times during the performance when Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and the band seemed to fully enter the Ottoman empire.
One of the most remarkable features of Cosmos — and possibly its greatest public service — has been its matter-of-fact, understated championing of the scientific method.
Kris Adams is one of those singers who can do amazing things without ostentatious showiness.
Mostly, I’m looking for that most elusive and hard-to-define quality — authenticity.
In moments like these, the band Riverside captures the Jimmy Giuffre ideals of sonority and counterpoint — where even the drums act as another complementary linear voice.
The slow tempos on the whole didn’t hurt the show. People were there to hear Madeleine Peryoux — her voice and delivery, her offbeat arrangements and particular idiosyncratic take on familiar songs.