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The Cry of Jay Rodriguez

Read "The Cry of Jay Rodriguez" reviewed by Michael Blake

On an unseasonably warm February evening I set out from Brooklyn to catch the multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez's band at Le Poisson Rouge. While walking from the West 4th Street subway station to the venue on Bleecker Street I recalled taking this exact route over 30 years ago to play a jam session in the ...


Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...


The Funk Ark: "High Noon" + Tour Dates + MP3

The Funk Ark: "High Noon" + Tour Dates + MP3

After a highly praised debut, Washington DC’s The Funk Ark is back with an even tighter follow up album. Less than a year has passed since the release of From The Rooftops on ESL Music and the world funk ensemble has established itself as one of the strongest players in the scene both in the studio ...


Vision Festival 2010: Day 5, June 27, 2010

Read "Vision Festival 2010: Day 5, June 27, 2010" reviewed by John Sharpe

Prologue | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7
Perry Robinson, Guillermo E Brown, Billy Bang, David S. Ware, Dave Burrell
Vision Festival
Abrons Arts Center

New York City

June 27, 2010

Sunday June 27 was another big day ...


Ottawa Jazz Festival 2010: Days 1-3, June 24-26, 2010

Read "Ottawa Jazz Festival 2010: Days 1-3, June 24-26, 2010" reviewed by John Kelman

Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-9 | Days 10-11
Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio
Etienne Charles and Folklore / Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers
Bill Frisell 858 Quartet

TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
June 24-26, 2010
Back in April 2010, when the TD Ottawa International ...

Medeski, Martin and Wood: Radiolarians - The Evolutionary Set

Read "Medeski, Martin and Wood: Radiolarians - The Evolutionary Set" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Medeski Martin & Wood

Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Set

Indirecto Records


In an age when jazz is usually driven by individuals and fleeting lineups, the ability of Medeski, Martin and Wood (MMW) to sustain and reinvigorate their collective creativity for nearly 20 years is astounding. Never risk-averse--whether jamming with turntablists ...


Medeski, Martin and Wood: Evolving Beyond Labels

When we last left the experimental jazz trio Medeski, Martin and Wood, they were deep in the throes of completing the “Radiolarians" project, a year-long endeavor beginning in 2008 that involved writing and performing new songs on the road, going into the studio at the tour's end, then releasing the results and starting the process over ...


Worst Pop Band Ever: Dost Thou Believeth in Science?

Read "Dost Thou Believeth in Science?" reviewed by John Patten

The Worst Pop Band Ever may not live up to its name, but this Canadian combo is working hard to produce some innovative sounds melding jam-band jazz with sound effects, courtesy of turntablist Leo37, on Dost Thou Believeth in Science?. The release features nine original compositions and makes use of Leo37's skills to varying degrees. Bassist ...


Jazz Icon Sonny Rollins Kicks Off Kimmel Center Presents 2009/10 Season, September 25

Jazz Icon Sonny Rollins Kicks Off Kimmel Center Presents 2009/10 Season, September 25

“...Rollins is still the reigning god of the tenor saxophone, one of jazz's most innovative and influential pioneers... a volcano of fierce inventiveness and raw, urgent power." Washington Post

"Nobody rivals his fluid mastery..." Boston Globe

Jazz icon Sonny Rollins kicks off Kimmel Center Presents 2009/10 season on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 8pm in ...


Medeski, Martin and Wood:Radiolarians III

By: Bryan Rodgers

The final chapter in Medeski Martin and Wood's Radiolarians series is the most concise, melodic entry yet. The trio is well known for leaving the ground during their instrumental flights of fancy, but Radiolarians III (released August 4 on Indirecto Records) is surprisingly rooted and polished in comparison to the other albums of ...