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Mixed messages

3play+ do what they wanna; Melody Gardot follows her instincts
Given the sound of its first track (which is also the title of the album), you'd have every reason to think that 3play+'s debut CD is about to plunge you into Bill Frisell–style Americana.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 02, 2009


The Fully Celebrated | Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones

AUM Fidelity (2009)
After two albums with cornettist Taylor Ho Bynum, and now dropping "Orchestra" from their name, this venerable Boston avant-garde street band are again a trio — and they're still a virtuoso ensemble.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 18, 2009


Tours of duty

John Clifford and Billy Bang's Vietnam; plus Icons Among Us and bye-bye Jazz Brunch
Clifford and Bang will celebrate Memorial Day weekend together at Highland Kitchen in Somerville this Sunday in a program called "Basic Training: An Evening of Art, Music, and Poetry."
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 18, 2009


Making it right

New Orleans drops the guns and dances
Whatever increments of recovery New Orleans has made since Hurricane Katrina, in many ways the city never changes. The only shocker was a lower-left-hand piece, "Crime is down sharply in N.O."
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 05, 2009


Museum pieces and other pieces

Jazz Week returns, the Jazz Hall of Fame inducts, Ron Gill says bye
It's Jazz Week time again — that time when the Boston jazz community looks to expand its minority-appeal music to a larger public.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 21, 2009


Frank Carlberg | The American Dream

Red Piano  (2009)
Other jazz musicians have set the poetry of Robert Creeley to music. Here poetry takes on the form of incantation in the repetition of Creeley's short, oblique verses.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 21, 2009


Fred Woodward | Urban Garden

Ujam (2009)
Veteran Boston jazz guitarist Fred Woodard comes from the Wes Montgomery and Grant Green schools of elegant post-bop funk with a contemporary spin of hip-hop and avant-garde.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 14, 2009


Group efforts

Fly and the Tiptons
In November 2008, cutting firewood at his home in Brooklyn, Mark Turner, 42, arguably the most influential tenor-saxophonist of his generation, lost control of the power saw he was using.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 07, 2009


Interview: Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay discusses his latest work, A Rogue's Gallery: An Evening of Conversation & Performance
"There are people who react strangely. I've had people who will clutch rosary beads or throw glasses."
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 01, 2009


John Scofield | Piety Street

EmArcy (2009)
On the surface, this would seem a genre exercise — a professor/doctor of jazz guitar looking into the deep book of American gospel because it's . . . "interesting." But Scofield's integrity remains intact.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 30, 2009


Modern vintage

Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess go their own ways
Boston bands Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade are different, but with a lot in common.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 08, 2009


DIY and more

Regattabar, Scullers, Creative Nation Music's fifth-anniversary celebration and more
Jazz acts up
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 30, 2009


Covers uncovered

The Bad Plus plus a singer
The Bad Plus plus a singer
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 09, 2009


Ran Blake | Driftwoods

Tompkins Square (2009)
You probably don't think about an acoustic jazz pianist's use of the sustain pedal except when you're listening to Ran Blake.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2009


Madeleine Peyroux | Bare Bones

Rounder (2009)
You could say that Peyroux's third album for Rounder in five years is just more of the same.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 03, 2009


Proud to jump the shark

Macho, loopy, and entertaining as hell, The Unit is prime Mamet
Who but David Mamet would have the macho audacity to name his TV show after the male genitalia?
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 25, 2009



Bad Touch's Magic flow; plus Patricia Barber
It's standard operating procedure these days for young jazz bands to mix the free and the formal.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 27, 2009


Musical acrobats

Antonio Sanchez's ambidextrous mind, and Cirkestra's big top
Having Antonio Sanchez explain the difference between "straight 8's" and "swing 8's" is a bit like having Einstein explain long division — total waste of the dude's time.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 09, 2009


David Fiuczynski | KiF Express

Fuzelicious Morsels (2009)
This latest album from Screaming Headless Torsos guitarist David Fiuczynski's KiF doesn't worry about subtlety.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 03, 2009



Garrison's Fewell's journey out
By the time guitarist Garrison Fewell made his first record as a leader, in the early '90s, he was nearly 40 years old, and the sound he displayed on his debut, A Blue Deeper Than Blue , was ripe.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 06, 2009


Review: Joshua Redman's Compass

Redman's previous CD, 2007's Back East , was front-loaded with high-concept expectations.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 12, 2009

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