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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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Primed

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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