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Paul Olson

Paul Olson lives in Chicago, idolizes Clint Eastwood, Toshiro Mifune and Fred Astaire, and doesn't like the president much.

About Me

A simmering enthusiasm for jazz pushed me into finding the gumption to write about it. This has been great--even if describing a saxophone tone without using the word "plangent" is always a challenge. There is certainly no greater means of continually discovering how fertile the contemporary jazz scene is than writing about new jazz CDs, reviewing shows and interviewing artists--even if I find myself struggling to find the time to listen to, say, an old Jelly Roll Morton record. I live in Chicago.

My Favorites

  1. Miles Davis - Filles de Kilimanjaro
  2. Tortoise - TNT
  3. Andrew Hill - Point of Departure
  4. Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard/Waltz for Debby
  5. Mat Maneri - Sustain
  6. Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
  7. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
  8. Sonny Rollins - Plus Four
  9. Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners
  10. King Crimson - Red
  11. Dave Holland Quartet - Conference of the Birds
  12. Derek Bailey/George Lewis/John Zorn - Yankees
  13. Miles Davis - Miles Smiles
  14. Bjork - Homogenic
  15. David Murray Trio - The Hill
  16. Vijay Iyer - Reimagining
  17. Art Ensemble of Chicago - Fanfare for the Warriors
  18. Steely Dan - The Royal Scam
  19. Steve Reich (Kronos Quartet, Pat Metheny) - Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint
  20. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love
  21. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

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