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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

The Jazz Session: Oh, The Places You'll Go!

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It's been quite a year for The Jazz Session, my online jazz interview show: passing 300,000 downloads (and a few thousand away from 400,000 as I write this); forming a partnership with All About Jazz; adding more episodes per week; launching Facebook and Twitter pages; and just generally taking things up a level or two. I ...

NEWS: RADIO

The Jazz Session #98: Industrial Jazz Group

The Jazz Session #98: Industrial Jazz Group

The Industrial Jazz Group is a 15-ish-piece large ensemble that plays the inventive, challenging and often hilarious music of composer Andrew Durkin. That sentence, though, doesn't come close to doing them justice. The band, made up of musicians fluent in jazz, classical and rock and inspired by the free-for-all spirit of Frank Zappa is a force ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gutbucket at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater

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Gutbucket
Barnsdall Gallery Theater
Los Angeles, CA
April 18, 2005

Someone recently hipped me to Joel Dorn's comment that “You haven't heard Monk until you've seen him. I must admit that I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to the sound / vision distinction. Although I love live ...

Grachan Moncur III: Exploration

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Grachan Moncur III
Exploration
Capri Records
2004

Ralph Ellison once wrote a great essay in which he seemed to predict jazz's ultimate dependence on a music industry driven (and subsidized) by a star system. The irony, Ellison suggested, is that jazz is largely created by anonymous musicians, who because they ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kaki King: Legs to Make Us Longer

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Kaki King plays the drums. Oh, I know, on the inside sleeve of her latest CD, Legs to Make Us Longer, she quietly lists her instrument as “guitar." And stumbling unawares into the preamble of one of her live shows, you might reasonably assume (before you hear anything) that you're about to get an evening of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Guy Klucevsek: The Well-Tampered Accordion

Read "The Well-Tampered Accordion" reviewed by Andrew Durkin

I got one of my first impressions of the social status of the accordion from an article that appeared twenty or so years ago in Time magazine. The writer decried'--in laughable terms'--the “menace'? of the instrument, the sound of which he found abhorrent, given all its usual associations with the (underrated) genre of the polka. I ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jean-Michel Pilc: Follow Me

Read "Follow Me" reviewed by Andrew Durkin

Given the Francophobia that has reared its ugly head in American politics over the last few years, it's a relief to see that Stateside jazz fans, at least, are still open to the contributions of European practitioners of the art form. So, for instance, Jean-Michel Pilc's latest CD, the somewhat generically named Follow Me , has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Yohimbe Brothers: The Tao of Yo

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Let's face it: sometimes the claim that a given work “defies genre" (as the press materials for The Tao of Yo , the second release by the Yohimbe Brothers, put it) is more the result of aggressive marketing than anything else. Indeed, “eclecticism" has become something of a PR mantra among musicians in recent years. Its ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David Sanchez: Coral

Read "Coral" reviewed by Andrew Durkin

David Sanchez's Coral is the latest in what has turned out to be a somewhat lonely genre: the orchestral jazz album, in which a soloist is placed against a backdrop of strings (think Sketches of Spain , Focus , or Charlie Parker with Strings ). It's an airy, lush, thoughtful work, with a program that is ...