What's the Concept?

Patrick Burnette By

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Can jazz have "concept albums?" Probably not, but some records do work harder at sustaining a mood—or a sense of narrative—than others. The boys look at five test cases—one brand new, two from that prime year 1969, and two from the transition from the eighties to the nineties. Madge gets a look in during pop matters, along with a discussion of a live show by face-maker and drummer Brian Blade.


  • Discussion of The Session's album Collusion (Bubble Bath Records) 9:20
  • Discussion of Herbie Mann's album Stone Flute (Embryo) 21:35
  • Discussion of Gerald Wilson's album Eternal Equinox (Pacific Jazz) 33:40
  • Discussion of Wynton Marsalis' album Citi Movement (Columbia) 49:10
  • Discussion of Henry Threadgill's album Rag, Bush and All (Novus) 1:00:02
  • Pop Matters 1:14:40
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