Lament For The Living

Thelonious Monk would have turned 100 last month, but he didn’t because he’s dead.... The contemporary musicians are not only carving out new territory but entirely renegotiating the music’s relationship with the past, an absolute necessity if an art form is to stay away from decadence.

Wither Jazz

The 2014 Jazz Journalists Association Awards have been announced, and forgive my slight cynicism, but no surprises. My votes probably evaporated somewhere near the bottom of the mix. The rich get richer, big names are rewarded even if their actual music making has turned mediocre, or laid fallow: No quibbles about Herbie Hancock's Lifetime Achievement … Continue reading Wither Jazz