Author Archives: Chris Karcher

Joshua Redman Quartet

|The Joshua Redman Quartet seem to have taken the suggestion of Miles Davis to heart, “First play what you know, then play beyond what you know.”| The new album by saxophonist Joshua Redman, Come What May (2019), features a band Redman … Continue reading

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Tenor Conclave

The output of the Rolling Stones rolled off my radar a couple of decades ago. Hearing some newer music recently it was not difficult to recognize the sound, even if it has evolved somewhat since I last tuned in (around … Continue reading

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The Many Passions of Gerald Wilson

|Talk about a career in jazz, Wilson’s first album as a leader was released in 1961 and his last recording was released in 2011.| First hearing the big band sound of Gerald Wilson was a revelation. Talk about a career … Continue reading

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The Bigness of Kamasi Washington

|Moments of brilliance, moments of bombast and moments of madness give people a reason to talk about jazz, perhaps so they don’t have to listen to the music.| Half listening to the radio, my full attention turned suddenly to a … Continue reading

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The Many Tangents of Jimmy Giuffre

|“Like his more celebrated contemporary Miles Davis, Giuffre remains a musical chameleon, a distinctive stylist who constantly feels compelled to change his sonic setting.”  -Ted Gioia | Jimmy Giuffre: The Headstream of Divergent Tangents Jimmy Giuffre is not much heard these … Continue reading

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Electricity, Miles and Byrd

Electricity was in the air when trumpeters Miles Davis and Donald Byrd heard a buzz. Miles was first to noticeably respond to the stimulus with his 1968 release, In A Silent Way. Though George Benson had appeared on one cut … Continue reading

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A World of Glass

|It was a presentation Glass gave while I was a student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design that altered the trajectory of my intellectual pursuits.| A recent rereading of his 2015 biography, Words Without Music: A Memoir, served … Continue reading

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Bill Bruford

As a founding member of the rock band YES, drummer Bill Bruford subsequently went on to a sophisticated engagement with straight ahead and several of its iterations through his evolving jazz group Earthworks. Yet on his way to becoming a … Continue reading

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Does it taste like jazz or classical?

In a room full of people, are you part of a gang or alone in a crowd? The distinction between jazz and classical musicians, players, and composers, to their respective tasks, offer up an interesting question. The jazz musician has … Continue reading

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Lots of Miles Between Us

Finding myself home alone for a long weekend, I was determined to play as much of Miles Davis albums from my collection as time would permit. There was not enough time to hear all 42 titles. Which was fine since … Continue reading

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