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The Whammies catch the Steve Lacy bug
The American soprano saxophonist and composer Steve Lacy (1934-2004) once described jazz as a "bug" — the kind of virus that can "bite" you any time and any place, and that you can't shake.
| January 25, 2013
5 x Lacy
| May 21, 2010
For Josh Sinton, Steve Lacy stood out almost from the beginning.
A jazz master’s legacy finds traction
| May 21, 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
Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
| February 26, 2010
Frank Carlberg | The American Dream
Other jazz musicians have set the poetry of Robert Creeley to music. Here poetry takes on the form of incantation in the repetition of Creeley's short, oblique verses.
Red Piano (2009)
| April 24, 2009
Monika H. Band | Disguised As Umbrellas, We Slept
Monika’s taste for leaping vocal lines likewise pushes the art-rock envelope.
| October 28, 2008
Talking with Nathaniel Facey, the alto-saxophonist in the London band Empirical, you find it difficult at first to pin down where and how the quintet developed their unusual compositional style.
Empirical go to the movies, plus the Hot 8
| July 28, 2008
As usual, there was too much to see in a week that included avant-gardist Burton Greene at one end of the spectrum and crossover darling Diana Krall at the other.
5LMN2, Revelation at the Beehive, and Geni’s shakuhachi
| July 17, 2007
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
In jazz, it’s always the iron age.
JazzBoston boosts the scene with Jazz Week
| April 18, 2007
Let ’em sing!
Here, in no particular order, are some my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
A year in jazz
| December 18, 2006
I was going to say Roscoe Mitchell laughs like Mutley. But that’s not it exactly.
Roscoe Mitchell brings the word from Chicago
| October 17, 2006
Despite the low-key instrumentation — two reeds, one guitar — and predominantly slow tempi, this disc offers new rewards on every spin.
GOOD NIGHT SONGS | Boxholder
| April 10, 2006
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