Category Archives: Jazz

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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