Of all the musicians who were harbingers of change, none has had the long-term influence on young musicians that John Coltrane has had.
There’s a larger story to tell about black composers and musicians breaking into the film and TV business, but its only lightly touched on here.
Will attendees of Jurassic Quest “have a dino-mite time!”? Who knows? But the event will look mighty attractive to parents who havee been stuck in the house with kids who are driving them to distraction.
Arts Fuse jazz critics offer their favorite performances from the Bird.
A cautionary list of cliches, accumulated during a lifetime’s observation, for the next generation of jazz critics — and readers of same.
This is not a music documentary, it’s a kind of jaunty-artsy immersion in and around the Newport Jazz festival, including scenes of the host city Newport, the America’s Cup race, festival goers, kids in playgrounds, etc.
If there’s ever been a more distinctive jazz musician than Rahsaan Roland Kirk, you’ll have to prove it to me.
The final, ineluctable quality that Ornette Coleman brought to the table was that he had an individual “voice,” which is the sine qua non and preeminent ethos in jazz.
“Ornette was looking for those notes, the ones that feel no pain.”
The playing on this 1979 album, which would generally be considered as flawed, is part of the singular (mature) Chet Baker gestalt.