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Who Needs Monk?

Read "Who Needs Monk?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

2017 is Thelonious Monk's hundredth anniversary year and as good a time as any to ask whether he has anything to teach young, ambitious, up-and-coming jazz musicians today.

Monk's recordings still nurture and entertain countless jazz fans, and the clarity and directness of his conception makes him a wonderful “introductory" artist for newbies. Gigging ...

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Montreux Jazz Workshops: A Fine, Free Forum

Read "Montreux Jazz Workshops: A Fine, Free Forum" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

One of the most rewarding experiences at the Montreux Jazz Festival is attending one of the many free workshops conducted by a wide range of jazz and production masters. Many showcases are led by musicians with shows scheduled on or near those afternoons, so they are in high performance mode. Participants are often top ticket attractions, ...

Dusseldorf Rally: Jazz's Best Kept Secret?

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Year after year, the Dusseldorf Jazz Rally continues to provide visitors with one of the finest festival experiences to be found in Western Europe. While other events in the region may spend more on self-promotion, feature more prominent line-ups or gather more media coverage, the Jazz Rally cheerfully and consistently serves up what is quite likely ...

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The New Orleans All-Star Brass Band: Do You Know What It Means?

Read "The New Orleans All-Star Brass Band: Do You Know What It Means?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

This article was originally published in October 2006.

It has been said that the truest expression of a people is in its music and dance. That being the case, then pianist {m: Herbie Hancock was right on the money when he described jny: New Orleans as “the soul of our country. The nation's soul ...

Sing a Mean Tune, Kid: Chicago for people who hate Chicago

Read "Sing a Mean Tune, Kid: Chicago for people who hate Chicago" reviewed by Mark Lempke

When people rebuff my attempts to share my love of jazz-pop-rock group Chicago with them, I understand their qualms. Really, I do. Few bands went from being quite so inventive to quite so predictable in the long, tough slog between 1968 and 1984. (The political parallels alone are terrifyingly relevant: many of the exact same people ...

Sacred Cows, Led Zeppelin and Does the Song Remain the Same?

Read "Sacred Cows, Led Zeppelin and Does the Song Remain the Same?" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

"Sacred cows make the tastiest cheeseburgers" --after Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989)

I have always said of popular culture, that like a McDonald's cheeseburger, it is to be consumed but never considered. Much of music is nothing more than a reflection of popular culture and certainly falls beneath that grand proclamation. A good deal of hip ...

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Roswell Rudd: The Musical Magus Turns 75

Read "Roswell Rudd: The Musical Magus Turns 75" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

"Years ago it would have seemed an impossible dream to get to record with this musical magus, but here we are... and what a thrill!" class="f-right">--Charlie Kohlhase, From liner notes to Eventuality: The Charlie Kohlhase Quintet Plays the Music of Roswell Rudd (Nada, 2001)




I see him suddenly as if in a ...

Free Jazz: The Jazz Revolution of the '60s

Read "Free Jazz: The Jazz Revolution of the '60s" reviewed by Robert Levin

[Editor's note: Revised and expanded here, this piece originated as an oral essay for an installment of the Cosmoetica Omniversica internet radio series on the arts and sciences. The series was hosted by Dan Schneider and Art Durkee.]

More or less officially unveiled with the first New York appearance of the Ornette Coleman Quartet ...

Tcha Limberger: Gypsy In The Footsteps Of Bela Bartok

Read "Tcha Limberger: Gypsy In The Footsteps Of Bela Bartok" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The hair of the bow gently caresses the string, catching an “A" high on the upper register. Then, in a series of sweeping glissandos, it descends the diatonic scale in a minor mode. I am caught in its downdraft like a bird on a rapidly cooling thermal, falling... falling through air thick with saddening notes. The ...

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Don Cherry: From Out of the Shadows

Read "Don Cherry: From Out of the Shadows" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It was cool in Bombay that July in 1985, or was it 1986? Somehow the year does not seem to matter quite as much as it did when the phenomenon first occurred. The other details, of course, I remember clear as day. Association PC were tearing it up on stage at the fabled arena of the ...