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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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Jazz Reviews and Appreciations: Sheila Jordan at 95 and Ran Blake at 88

January 4, 2024
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It is something of a miracle that we can still hear Sheila Jordan and Ran Blake in live performance, and those experiences should be treasured by their audiences because those opportunities are so precious.

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The 18th Annual Francis Davis Jazz Poll: The State of Our Union Could Be Better

January 2, 2024
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Major record labels were once notorious for trying to entice jazz musicians into selling out; they now find it more expedient to ignore them, leaving them to sell themselves.

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The 18th Annual Francis Davis Jazz Poll: Rare Birds

January 2, 2024
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The special categories tend to get overlooked, or sampled erratically, in the new releases lists, so Francis Davis thought a nudge might help.

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Music Feature: The Best Jazz Albums and Live Shows of 2023

December 20, 2023
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The magazine’s jazz critics look back over the past year and highlight their favorite albums and live shows.

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