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Week in the knees

Jazz Week kicks out the jams, plus Bley and Zorn
“Jazz Week,” which runs April 26–May 4, tends to appropriate all events to its needs — if you’re playing, say, your regularly scheduled gig at Matt Murphy’s Pub this week, you’re part of Jazz Week.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 28, 2008


Off with their heads!

The Tudors  stoops to conquer
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) with Charles Laughton ran through all six wives in 97 minutes.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2008


Book mad

Interview: Keith Gessen’s young literary life
He speaks quickly, with a friendly, nervous laugh, in cadences that sound like a cross between Ira Glass and Martin Scorsese.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2008


Life after The Sopranos

Christuhfuh rocks
If you’re a Sopranos fan, you remember the demise of Christopher Moltisanti in an overturned SUV.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008


Fearful asymmetry

Carla Bley’s Lost Chords, Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet
Carla Bley’s local appearances are so rare that each one is an event.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008


All-ages for all

Opening Café 939
Berklee College of Music continues with its DIY curriculum, one that could pay dividends to the music community at large.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 02, 2008


Destination out

Leo Genovese tries to play what he doesn’t know; plus David Torn’s Prezens
In a town bursting with young musical talent, Leo Genovese might be the most explosive.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 24, 2008


Plamen Karadonev

Crossing Lines | Mu
This debut CD from young Bulgarian-born pianist Karadonev (now living in Boston) recommends itself despite occasionally wayward electronics and a singer whose accent distracts you from the English lyrics.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 18, 2008


Budding groves

Jazz in the clubs — and the museums
More and more, museums are getting into the live-music scene.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 11, 2008


Memory play

Brave Old World at the Levanthal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, March 8, 2008
Created by BOW’s music director, Alan Bern, the piece draws on songs written in the Nazi-created Polish ghetto during the war.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2008


Killer guitars — and bands

Pat Metheny’s latest trio and Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Remedy
Now 53 and more than 30 years into a remarkable career, Pat Metheny still approaches jazz like a kid let loose in a candy store.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2008


Nik Bärtsch's Ronin

Holon | ECM
Swiss pianist Bärtsch calls the music of his quintet variously “zen funk” or “ritual groove music.”
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 20, 2008


Personal code

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-jazz connection
The connection between jazz and India is at least as old as John Coltrane’s composition named for that country.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2008


Et tu Brute?

Interview: The Wire's "Prez" does the Bard
"The whole theatrical event is sort of . . . a much more mysterious one."
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 05, 2008


Cuong Vu

Vu-Tet | artistShare
For those who know trumpeter Cuong Vu from his work with the Pat Metheny Group, Vu-Tet could come as a rude shocker.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 06, 2008


The long view

Bob Blumenthal’s history of jazz
Bob Blumenthal’s first book is out, and the wonder is that we didn’t get it sooner.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2008



Lee Genesis at Johnny D's, January 9, 2008
Even among the greatest soul singers, there are probably few who can work a sermon about the evils of the sub-prime-mortgage fiasco into a song and make it hip.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 15, 2008


Beyond illbient

DJ Spooky goes global
When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008


Carla Bley

The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu | Watt/ECM
No one is writing — or playing — more beautiful jazz.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 31, 2007


An old lion roars

McCoy Tyner at the Regattabar, December 27, 2007
In recent years, McCoy Tyner has looked frail for his age — once robust and round-faced, he now appears gaunt.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 31, 2007


Cooling it

A wealth of winter jazz
It's good news that the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in conjunction with Berklee College of Music, is bringing back jazz as a regular part of its concert season.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 26, 2007

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