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Billy Hart’s ongoing education
Billy Hart still remembers his first drum "lesson."
| March 23, 2012
The articulate melodic eloquence of Bill Frisell
Many of us have embarrassing moments in our past, but when one of the hippest jazz dudes around admits to donning a leisure suit and playing in a show band, you prepare for a wince on the seismic level.
Rolling with the changes
| June 17, 2011
The education of Grace Kelly
Legendary 79-year-old alto-saxophonist Phil Woods laughs indignantly when I ask him how he knew 18-year-old alto-saxophonist Grace Kelly was special. "Come on, when you hear it, you know what it is! I've been doing this for 65 years!" Pressed for partic
| January 21, 2011
Phillipe and Jorge believe it was thoughtful during this holiday season for the US government to clue in the Great Unwashed on how to survive a possible nuclear bomb strike. Their message, as reported by the New York Times on December 15: "Do not flee
Duck and cover redux; the best Congress money can buy; the Cabrals to the rescue!
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| December 24, 2010
Chucho, Mike, and Lina
Anyone who has doubts about the musical supremacy of Chucho Valdés — or wants an introduction to it — need only listen to "Danzón," the second track from the new Chucho's Steps.
Havana, Chicago, and a dash of Toronto
| October 15, 2010
Sonic DNA: Stanton Moore and Anthony Brown
Music is mystery, maybe, but for some of us that conceit is a provocation for deep-nerdy investigation.
They know where music comes from
| September 17, 2010
The melodic noise collective known as A Troop of Echoes will unveil their full-length debut Days In Automation next weekend at AS220, hosting their album release party alongside an impressive gathering of local support.
A Troop of Echoes spend Days In Automation
| May 21, 2010
Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr
Here is our salute – in photo, audio, video, and writing – to a Roxbury legend and the vast Gang Starr legacy he left behind.
A collection of videos, photos, music and more from our archives
| May 21, 2010
For Josh Sinton, Steve Lacy stood out almost from the beginning.
A jazz master’s legacy finds traction
| May 21, 2010
Music for the love of it
Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
| May 07, 2010
The onliest Sonny
Sonny Rollins has held the unofficial title of world’s greatest living improviser at least since the early ’70s, following the death of John Coltrane and the second of two extended Rollins sabbaticals from public performance.
Rollins looks at 80
| April 09, 2010
Into the groove
The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
| March 12, 2010
Rap legend Guru in a coma
"So whassup?" "Moment of truth." "Above the clouds?" "Credit is due." Those were just a few Gang Starr song-title sentiments that fans cried on social networks following the news that hip-hop legend Guru suffered a heart attack in New York City, where he
| March 05, 2010
The Souljazz Orchestra | Rising Sun
We're living in the middle of a veritable renaissance of "Spiritual Jazz."
| February 26, 2010
Getting the story
Full-length written histories of jazz can be a slog. Especially since "the story of jazz" (as critic Marshall Stearns titled his 1956 tome) only gets longer and more complicated. Personally, on these prose-narrative trips along the New Orleans–New York
Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux sing jazz's many strains
| December 04, 2009
John Coltrane Memorial Concert presents: The Believer
Legends never die. Case in point: more than 40 years after his death, the music of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane still reverberates with significance, the...
| September 21, 2009
The music man
Forty years after a half-million hippies descended on a sprawling dairy farm in upstate New York, Woodstock has become shorthand for an entire epoch.
George Wein, the father of American music festivals, reflects on bringing world-class folk and jazz (and more) to Newport
| August 07, 2009
Charlie Kohlhase's love affair with jazz began with the avant-garde. As a high-school kid in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he found that it was Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago who rocked his world.
Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club, Lee Konitz + Minsarah, and Steve Swallow recanting
| July 03, 2009
Various artists | Spiritual Jazz: Esoteric, Modal, and Deep Jazz from the Underground, 1968-1977
Apple-pie Mormon missionaries the Millers travel through Iran to spread the gospel of Joseph Smith among Muslims and Zoroastrians, and their kid discovers the glorious sound of the santur.
| April 24, 2009
By the time guitarist Garrison Fewell made his first record as a leader, in the early '90s, he was nearly 40 years old, and the sound he displayed on his debut, A Blue Deeper Than Blue , was ripe.
Garrison's Fewell's journey out
| February 03, 2009
Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps
| December 22, 2008
What if a poem had the power to heal loneliness?
Two Boston poets use their art for the good of the tribe
BY JAMES PARKER
| November 25, 2008
The jazz tide is shifting once again.
Brian Blade and company help blaze jazz’s newest path
| October 20, 2008
Getting it live
Noah Preminger — bearded, shaggy-haired, 23 years old — plays tenor saxophone like a man at least twice his age while remaining completely of the moment.
Noah Preminger, Fernando Huergo, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, and the BeanTown Jazz Festival
| September 23, 2008
Remembering a Rhode Island icon
There was never anyone remotely like Jeff Thomas.
Jefferson Thomas was in the vanguard of the Providence underground
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| July 30, 2008
Mining the past
John Coltrane acid blasts rage through the Mars Volta’s new The Bedlam in Goliath.
The classic sounds of the Mars Volta and Louis XIV
| February 12, 2008
The connection between jazz and India is at least as old as John Coltrane’s composition named for that country.
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-jazz connection
| February 12, 2008
The long view
Bob Blumenthal’s first book is out, and the wonder is that we didn’t get it sooner.
Bob Blumenthal’s history of jazz
| January 29, 2008
Open-eared rockers often pay lip service to outré jazz figures, but this HNIA exploration is deeper and more selfless than the usual soundboy dabbling.
His Name Is Alive are alive and well
| January 14, 2008
An old lion roars
In recent years, McCoy Tyner has looked frail for his age — once robust and round-faced, he now appears gaunt.
McCoy Tyner at the Regattabar, December 27, 2007
| December 31, 2007
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