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Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps
| December 22, 2008
The doctor is in
That Stanley Sagov plays jazz at all is impressive. That he plays it at such a high level is stunning.
Stanley Sagov’s jazz remedies, plus Saxophone Summit
| October 08, 2008
At 42, the pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is everywhere.
Danilo Pérez gets into the moment
| September 08, 2008
Despite the name, this has never been a mere supergroup blowing session.
Seraphic Light | Telarc
| May 27, 2008
In the overall retail picture, jazz accounts for about three percent of sales, and a “hit” CD is anything that exceeds 10,000 copies.
Esperanza Spalding steps up her game
| May 19, 2008
Little band with a big sound
Throughout my notes on the Boston quartet Gypsy Schaeffer, I’ve written “great tune.”
Gypsy Schaeffer’s formal ingenuity, plus Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records
| July 03, 2007
The scene is typical for a Boston jazz date.
Jerry Bergonzi sets the standard — as player and teacher
| June 19, 2007
Something for everybody
As that great philosopher Brian Wilson once observed, summer means fun.
This summer, New England’s music calendar offers everything from Neil Sedaka to Lez Zeppelin
| June 11, 2007
Nights on the town
By now, the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim has been completely ingrained in the language of jazz and pop.
Brandão, Coltrane, and Redman move the beat around
| May 16, 2007
Argentine tango has a strong tradition. Which is both good and bad news for Bernardo Monk.
Bernardo Monk steps out
| January 23, 2007
The anxiety of influence
“I’m playing changes!” That’s what a young jazz-pianist acquaintance of mine announced exultantly to one of his musical buddies back in the early ’70s.
Tyner, Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, and Branford Marsalis
| September 26, 2006
Bruce Springsteen’s rock dream: Little Big Man as Hot Rod hero
Columbia has been so successful that, no matter what Born To Run sounds like, Bruce Springsteen is in all probability going to be rock’s next superstar. In fact, if one can judge from the crazed crowds outside New York’s Bottom Line, he already is.
| May 22, 2006
A last chance power drive
| December 18, 2005
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