To hear this performance properly. you must do a bit more work than you might do ordinarily . . . but great art deserves such work.
Fuse critics pay homage to Chick Corea performances and recordings that they found memorable.
The life of a working musician is not a second-class life, and Mimi Rabson’s is Exhibit A: “I try to get past the limits of the definitions and get to the joy.”
The magazine’s jazz critics look back over the past year and highlight their favorites — performances, recordings, and books.
Carla Bley’s last three CDs are not a casual sequence, and hearing all of them together, as I did recently, provides a refreshing reminder of her greatness.
If you do not know George Russell, this book will bring you closer to one of the geniuses of American music.
Here is a personal selection of recordings in the saxophone trio format. These linear collaborations have been part of the jazz scene for at least seventy years now. The results are almost always illuminating and exhilarating, and a review of them offers a miniature history of saxophone styles.
Nothing detracts from the essentials here – three fine players in creative conversation.
This is what I feel can add: the perspective of a native-born son of the Rochester metro; and a view from the bridge through jazz-colored glasses.
Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual art, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks.