The Big City

”The more susbtantial an individual’s aesthetic experience is, the sounder his taste, the sharper his moral focus, the freer—though not necessarily the happier—he is.."

Susan Bee, Anywhere Out of the World, read about her in the April issue of the Brooklyn Rail

Circumstances are the cruelest, but I and my colleagues are still writing, as long as we can.

April issues for three publications I write for are out now. Because they are free and distributed at art galleries, record stores, and jazz clubs, the Brooklyn Rail and New York City Jazz Record are digital only this month:

In the Rail, I’ve got an article on the short period when concerts were still going on, but were closed to audiences. At the NYC Jazz Record, I reviewed CDs featuring Nels Cline and Ava Mendoza and wrote about Montréal-based Constellation records.

The Red Hook Star-Revue is out in print, free, available at markets, coffee shops, and other take out places throughout Brooklyn and parts of Manhattan. I wrote an obit for Mike Longo, and for my monthly jazz column, about the last jazz gig I caught before everything closed up, Tyhsawn Sorey’s Sextet at the Jazz Gallery. Get his new album, Unfiltered, here, it’s phenomenal.

“He gets it! He knows music!”

Alvin Singleton

“George Grella understood exactly.”

Robert Ashley
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