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The Either/Orchestra go to Groovy World, plus Ameranouche and Shelley Neill dig their Gypsy souls
Trumpeter Tom Halter is wearing one of his snazzy mariachi outfits (black vest and pants with white embroidery). Russ Gershon is retouching his own make-up to get some of the green out (“I don’t look so much like a corpse now”).
| July 19, 2010
Steve Coleman and Five Elements | Harvesting Semblances and Affinities
Before digging into alto-saxophonist and composer Coleman's new disc, it's probably best to set aside for a moment the allusions to numerology and mysticism with which he surrounds it and just dig into the rhythms.
| July 07, 2010
Ann Beattie hasn’t been sleeping
Ann Beattie emerged in the 1970s in the pages of the New Yorker with a cast of post-grad characters who smoked pot, bummed around, fell in and out of relationships, and faced the world with a shrug and the latest rock and roll on the stereo.
| July 05, 2010
One night, one jazz trifecta
Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
| June 29, 2010
Tony Cennamo (1933-2010)
Boston jazz loses a great
Tony Cennamo is synonymous with jazz radio in Boston. A fixture on WBUR from the early '70s to his last late-night show in 1997, Cennamo — who died on June 8 — was lively, outspoken, even outrageous. But his depth of knowledge was irreproachable.
| June 16, 2010
Ben Monder's unique space
As guitar heroes go — even jazz guitar heroes — Ben Monder flies under the radar.
| June 18, 2010
Gone but not forgotten
Henry VIII and The Tudors bid adieu
Yes, True Blood has resumed, and Futurama and Weeds wait in the wings. But let's take a moment to hail The Tudors , which bows out this Sunday night at 9 after four seasons on Showtime.
| June 20, 2010
Does jazz have a melody problem?
Phil Sargent and Daniel Bennett try a new approach
It seems lately that every other jazz musician I talk to under 40 wants to talk about melody — how it’s the thing they all care about.
| June 02, 2010
The Claudia Quintet | Royal Toast
Although it’s led by a drummer, the Claudia Quintet is not necessarily about groove.
| May 26, 2010
Pat Metheny, live at the Orpheum Theatre, May 20, 2010
Let’s put aside for now the philosophical questions about a player/composer’s need for control, and whether there’s any qualitative difference between the music said player/composer writes for himself and what he writes for himself with other people, or for himself playing a myriad of instruments simultaneously.
| May 24, 2010
A jazz master’s legacy finds traction
For Josh Sinton, Steve Lacy stood out almost from the beginning.
| May 24, 2010
Pat Metheny | Orchestrion
The “orchestrion” is a Rube Goldberg-like contraption that empowers Metheny in one-man-band format to trigger a variety of percussion and other instruments as he plays guitar.
| May 12, 2010
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival carries on
The morning after I get back from the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an oil executive is on the radio: “We’re throwing everything we have at it.” Meaning the exploded BP-leased well in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
| May 04, 2010
Pardon the interruption
Quartet of Happiness, Jerry Leake, and Jazz Week
Maybe it was when saxophonist Kelly Roberge, instrument in hand, leapt off the Cambridge YMCA Theatre stage in the middle of a performance by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra and fled the auditorium — as if in extreme gastro-intestinal distress.
| April 22, 2010
Review: Sonny Rollins at Symphony Hall
Sonny Rollins, live at Symphony Hall, April 18, 2010
The lines were around the block for will-call and walk-up ticket purchases at Symphony Hall Sunday night — causing the show to start a half hour after its advertised curtain time. The place was nearly full, the mood celebratory. All good to see in a down economy. But this was the first disappointing Sonny Rollins concert I’ve attended in years.
| April 28, 2010
Dave Holland and Tomasz Stanko come to town
You can experience jazz at two different extremes at the Regattabar this month, in visits from the quintets of Dave Holland and Tomasz Stanko.
| April 16, 2010
Easy does it
Treme tours New Orleans
Writer/producer Eric Overmyer was quoted in a New York Times Magazine article last month, but it’s worth repeating: “ Treme is not the The Wire .” He went on: “Those who are expecting The Wire or wanting The Wire may be frustrated.”
| April 08, 2010
The onliest Sonny
Rollins looks at 80
Sonny Rollins has held the unofficial title of world’s greatest living improviser at least since the early ’70s, following the death of John Coltrane and the second of two extended Rollins sabbaticals from public performance.
| April 15, 2010
Interview: Tamler Sommers
One of the most enjoyable by-products of lit mag the Believer ’s many long, unconventional interviews has been the collection A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain , by 39-year-old University of Houston philosophy professor Tamler Sommers.
| March 25, 2010
Making it sing
Dee Dee does Billie, plus John Stein & Ron Gill
If you come to Dee Dee Bridgewater’s new Billie Holiday tribute disc — or to her two Holiday shows at the Paramount Theatre this weekend — expecting a reverent impersonation, you could be in for a shock. Bridgewater has transformed the music and persona of the jazz icon.
| March 25, 2010
Ralph Towner/Paolo Fresu | Chiaroscuro
For some, these open, airy, acoustic guitar/trumpet duets, couched in typically pristine ECM production, will fall too easily on the ear.
| March 16, 2010
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