Rarely does a book leave me questioning the ways in which I understood, or thought I understood, the construction of some of the most formative solos in jazz history.
When it comes to jazz, you can be pretty confident that when you put excellent players together — whether they know each other or not — something very good will happen. And it did.
1917 was an important year, but perhaps not important enough to justify the sweeping title of the book.
Smartly, Vanessa Ruben has gathered a strong group of collaborators, a number of whom knew Tadd Dameron personally and all of whom knew his music well.
Path of Totality is a distinctive recording, put together with great attention to form and detail — and performed with enormous skill.
A pair of our critics supply their favorite albums and live local concerts of the year.
This volume is clearly critic Nate Chinen’s resounding response to the “jazz is dead” chant.
The success or failure of this show rests primarily on the physical presence, voice and acting of the actor playing the celebrated lyric tenor Roland Hayes.
Sophisticated Giant paints a convincing picture of an extremely charming, intelligent, resilient, and talented man.
Kelly Green and her trio are essentially mainstream players, but they explore a lot of challenging territory within that framework.