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Head turners: Jazz acts of 2012
In a year in which WGBH-FM gutted its jazz programming and the Atlantic took the predictable broadside swipe at the health of the genre, there were signs of vibrant life everywhere.
| December 21, 2012
Robert Glasper trio at Regattabar
In the midst of harmonic and rhythmic complexity, pianist Robert Glasper never loses a grip on tunes and strong grooves. The acoustic pianist, who's drawn...
| February 24, 2010
Best in their field
The jazz scene continues to struggle — along with everyone else — through hard times.
An early 2010 harvest
| January 01, 2010
Skimming the cream
Some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
Jazz: 2007 in review
| December 17, 2007
In a lot of ways, 28-year-old pianist Glasper’s band is right in the pocket of the modern piano-trio tradition.
In My Element | Blue Note
| March 27, 2007
All them 88s!
From free to funky, it sometimes seems like a golden age of jazz piano.
A whole lotta pianists and more
| December 28, 2006
Side by side by the waterside
Gold Sounds were in the middle of a hellacious set of Pavement covers at the JVC-Newport Jazz Festival last Saturday afternoon when a woman who appeared to be in her 70s turned to me and said, “This is the sleeper of the day! I was going to get a lemonad
A disparate diet of sounds at Newport
| August 15, 2006
Summer concert preview
Why cool down when the concert scene is just getting warmed up? Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
Some ideas on how to rock away the summer months.
| June 19, 2006
In and out
Berklee professor Bill Banfield began his interview with Ornette Coleman at the Berklee Performance Center a week ago Tuesday by recounting the time he told a friend he was going to be visiting Ornette and the friend exclaimed, “You’re going to speak t
Ornette Coleman’s Berklee doctoral dissertation; Robert Glasper’s odd grooves
| January 24, 2006
In all languages
For the past half decade or so, saxophonist Chris Potter has alternately traveled with two of the best bandleaders in jazz, Dave Holland and Dave Douglas.
Winter concert preview: looking ahead to jazz in 2006
| January 14, 2006
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