At his best, Albert Murray is a thinker passionately in love with thinking, a virtuoso of verbal music, an American to his core.
“Art . . . is . . . fundamental equipment for existence on human terms.” — Albert Murray
I think any one of these releases would be received gratefully by a person who listens with both ears.
Sheila Jordan, to the club crowd in Central Square: “What do I care? I’m still alive.”
Intense head music and powerful foot music, but this show needed a little more heart.
With an artist as focused and sharp as Danilo Pérez as its musical director, Jazz 100 makes you sit up straight and hang on every note.
Exposing the jazz impulses in Emily Dickinson’s poetry is not an agenda for the novice.
A writer has to write for the now or to write for the ages. Gleason almost always chose the now, but his best moments go deeper.
Jazz groups of eight to eleven often make fascinating and unusual music, but they rarely survive.
Murray Talks Music shows how brilliant Albert Murray could be even when he didn’t have time to polish his prose.