Something to check out now that we’re halfway out of the week: venerable ESP records is 55 years old now, and has one of a series of celebratory concerts coming up this Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., at Michiko Studios (149 West 46th St. in Manhattan). Tickets are $15, a bargain in today’s world, that gets … Continue reading A Good Gig
Now that you've read my picks for the best jazz albums of 2017, you can read the final poll results here, and you can see each critic's individual ballot here. As to the vast range of opinions on display, and the relation to which I see myself, I'm ambivalent as always. I know I am … Continue reading The Results Are In
I am obliged, to myself as well as to you, to hold unpopular opinions.
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.
The perpetually new-found land http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGaznqY5ewNl_1fi0s6C2OQJxGJvF-2No
And think Jaco Pastorius. Jaco was an astonishing, jaw-dropping player, the kind of musician who has you at first not quite believing that the things he is doing can actually be done.
The critic's have spoken, and here's The 2016 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll : The Record : NPR.
Things will not be great in 2017 if you are an ordinary person, especially if you're not a man and not white. Things will be great for certain people, those who have the right balance of melanin and money. For example, things will be good for non-punk rock musician/Weimar-ignoramus/privileged emigrant Amanda Palmer. But not everyone … Continue reading Things To Come