Jazz

Book Review: “Jazz With a Beat: Small Group Swing, 1940-1960” — Told With an Edge

February 27, 2024
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Shouting and honking saxes made visceral appeals to the emotions and the body. For jazz critics, this kind of theatricality degraded what should have been ‘Art.’

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Concert Review: Jazz Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant — Falling in Love Again

February 14, 2024
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Once again, here was the shock in Cécile McLorin Savant’s subversive conceptual daring.

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Jazz Album Review: Richard Nelson and the Makrokosmos Orchestra — Excursions in Noir

February 2, 2024
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Composer/guitarist Richard Nelson’s followers can count on being surprised at how nimbly he can satisfy their appetites.

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Film Review: The Swing Jazz of Eddie Durham — Credit Well Deserved

January 27, 2024
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I may not agree with some of the documentary’s spin, but the film gives the viewer a clear and entertaining picture of Eddie Durham’s long and important musical career.

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Book Review / Jazz Essay: A Complicated Matter — Stephen Provizer’s “As Long as They Can Blow”

January 24, 2024
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This is a story about jazz that we only think we know: the book challenges our preconceptions with admirable restraint, and generously invites others to build on its work.

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Jazz Album Review: The Complete Massey Hall Recordings — The Legendary Concert Never Sounded So Good

January 22, 2024
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I heartily recommend this Craft Recording, even if (perhaps especially if) you have owned the LP version from (almost) a half century ago.

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Book Review: “The Soundies” — A Definitive Study of the Musical Film Shorts of the ’40s

January 13, 2024
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Author Mark Cantor has been the go-to guy for jazz film for decades: this authoritative book solidifies his position.

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Jazz Album Review: The Baritone Sax of Josh Sinton — Exploring the Possibilities

January 12, 2024
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These pieces are an intellectual challenge to the listener as well as a sensual pleasure. They should send saxophonists back to the practice room.

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Arts Remembrance: Jazz Notables We Lost in 2023

January 7, 2024
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For many years now, the Francis Davis Jazz Poll has collected brief lists of important jazz figures who passed in the previous year.

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Jazz Album Review: Rich Halley’s “Fire Within” — Free, But Still Together

January 6, 2024
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This doesn’t sound like any other quartet I know.

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