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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.

By JON GARELICK  |  January 25, 2013

5 x Lacy

By JON GARELICK  |  May 21, 2010

Covering Lacy

For Josh Sinton, Steve Lacy stood out almost from the beginning.
A jazz master’s legacy finds traction
By JON GARELICK  |  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
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2010

Jew note

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
By JON GARELICK  |  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)
By JON GARELICK  |  April 24, 2009


Monika H. Band | Disguised As Umbrellas, We Slept

Monika’s taste for leaping vocal lines likewise pushes the art-rock envelope.  
Self-released (2008)
By JON GARELICK  |  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
By JON GARELICK  |  July 28, 2008

Three nights

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
By JON GARELICK  |  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
By JON GARELICK  |  July 03, 2007

Self help

In jazz, it’s always the iron age.
JazzBoston boosts the scene with Jazz Week
By JON GARELICK  |  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
By JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2006

Midwestern master

I was going to say Roscoe Mitchell laughs like Mutley. But that’s not it exactly.
Roscoe Mitchell brings the word from Chicago
By JON GARELICK  |  October 17, 2006


Despite the low-key instrumentation — two reeds, one guitar — and predominantly slow tempi, this disc offers new rewards on every spin.
By JON GARELICK  |  April 10, 2006