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Mark McGrain takes Plunge, music ensues

Trying to find continuities in the strains of jazz history can be a dizzying, foolish, irresistible head game. Original as it is, this stuff all comes from somewhere, right?
Contrapuntally speaking
By JON GARELICK  |  June 24, 2011

Live review: Mezcalitos at Mayo Street Arts, November 20

Many American social institutions unite strangers of different generations. In bowling leagues, you can roll pin-for-pin with a person twice your age without breaking a sweat.
Music seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 26, 2010

Mostly Other People Do the Killing | Forty Fort

On their second CD, the celebrated young jazz quartet with the indie-rock name continue their audacious updating of the genre's old-school avant-garde.
Hot Cup (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  January 22, 2010

Musical acrobats

Having Antonio Sanchez explain the difference between "straight 8's" and "swing 8's" is a bit like having Einstein explain long division — total waste of the dude's time.
Antonio Sanchez's ambidextrous mind, and Cirkestra's big top
By JON GARELICK  |  February 09, 2009