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Live jazz from John Scofield Trio at the Regattabar


Not long into his encore during the first set at the Regattabar Thursday night, guitarist John Scofield stopped the band, walked across the stage and took the sheet music from Steve Swallow's stand.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 21, 2012
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Review: Chico & Rita

An animated film for grown-ups
This is the first animated movie nominated in that category to show pubic hair, and as a film for grown-ups it outclasses most of the nominees for Best Picture.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012
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Hoboe are a multi-trick pony

Read all about it
If you've heard of Hoboe, it's probably because of the gimmick.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2012
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Amy Winehouse, 1983–2011

In Memoriam
While we all await the inevitable "Last Days of Amy Winehouse" report from Rolling Stone , let's take a breather and remember the voice. It was slow, smoky, insinuating, sweet-and-sour, and seemed to conjure a handful of jazz-and-soul divas in a syllable...  
By JON GARELICK  |  July 28, 2011
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Joe Lovano Us Five | Bird Songs

 Blue Note (2011)
It's worth taking Lovano's word that this is not a Charlie Parker "tribute" album.
By JON GARELICK  |  January 11, 2011
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Live and on record

Darius Jones, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Ben Goldberg’s Go Home
To call Darius Jones’s music avant-garde seems almost beside the point. In its way, it’s older than old — it’s ancient.
By JON GARELICK  |  November 04, 2009
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The music man

George Wein, the father of American music festivals, reflects on bringing world-class folk and jazz (and more) to Newport
Forty years after a half-million hippies descended on a sprawling dairy farm in upstate New York, Woodstock has become shorthand for an entire epoch.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 05, 2009
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Review: Matt Wilson Quartet | That’s Gonna Leave A Mark

Palmetto (2009)
Whatever else is going on in jazz — fractured meters, indie-pop fusions — it's always good to hear a couple of horns burning through the changes over swing cymbals and a hard-walking bass groove.
By JON GARELICK  |  August 03, 2009
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Meet the Beatles!

The Gary Burton Quartet remembers its roots
Swallow says that when he first picked up an electric bass, "My immediate impression was: 'Oh, shit! I'm in deep trouble here!' "
By JON GARELICK  |  June 17, 2009

Crossword: ''Court case''

Time to mix and match
Time to mix and match
By MATT JONES  |  November 19, 2008
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Walking the line

Duke Robillard comes out Swingin’
Duke Robillard comes out Swingin’.
By BOB GULLA  |  May 28, 2008
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Word power

PBRC’s Etymology of Bird soars
The Etymology of Bird is not about jazz legend Charlie Parker, but it certainly does soar and transport us.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2008

Crossword: ''When in Rome''

Letters and numbers
Letters and numbers
By MATT JONES  |  April 02, 2008
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Hearts of glass

California cool at the Addison Gallery
In the photo it is night, and two women in cocktail dresses sit — perhaps chatting while jazz plays in the background — in a spare modern living room.
By GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2008
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Tellers and a show

Josh Hilberman, Jody Weber, and Beth Soll
Dancers do a lot of talking about their work these days. This can be disarming and engaging as a lead-in to a performance, but it seldom gives away any secrets.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 03, 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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Off the wall

Sculpture and craft intersect at Aucocisco
Sometime around 1970 I wandered into the art gallery at Vermont's Bennington College and got a surprise.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 23, 2008
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Norman Granz Presents Improvisation

Eagle Eye
The 1950 footage is only part of the story: the program is fleshed out with equally dazzling later performances.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 14, 2008
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The old neighborhood

Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris at Gallery Kayafas, plus videos at MIT
Some call Charles “Teenie” Harris’s five decades of photos of Pittsburgh one of the grandest chronicles of African-American life ever assembled.
By GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2007

Nostalgia, remixed

Billie Holiday unstuck in time
It’s not that I think Billie Holiday: Remixed and Reimagined is some kind of unforgivable desecration.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 07, 2007
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In action

The ‘Jazz Icons’ DVDs
In the era of YouTube, we’re apt to forget that not every note of music ever played has been captured on film or video.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 26, 2007
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Holy spirit of the saxophone

The John Coltrane Memorial Concert and Ben Ratliff’s Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
John Coltrane died 40 years ago this past July at the age of 40 of liver cancer.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 12, 2007
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Only connect

Remembering Herb Pomeroy
Maybe there have been better musicians in Boston than Herb Pomeroy — maybe — but no musician has been more loved.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 04, 2007

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By JACKIE HOUTON  |  August 29, 2007
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Sweet and Lowe down

Jews in Hell chronicles Portland’s ultimate outsider(s)
Quoting Lowe, Jews represent “a cult without a leader, freelance wise-asses without portfolio.” Who am I to argue?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 15, 2007

Crossword: 'Oink Oink'

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I ham soooo funny
By MATT JONES  |  April 11, 2007
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Road shows

Dave Fiuczynski, John Tchicai, Chris Potter, and John Stetch live
“I’ve got $30 — which three CDs do you recommend?” The fan was at the corner of the stage at Johnny D’s talking to guitarist Dave Fiuczynski, who was on his knees hawking about half a dozen of his discs with different bands at 10 bucks a pop.
By JON GARELICK  |  February 15, 2007
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Tango talk

Bernardo Monk steps out
Argentine tango has a strong tradition. Which is both good and bad news for Bernardo Monk.
By JON GARELICK  |  January 23, 2007
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Permanent shuffle

Box sets and jazz history
Every year the box sets reshuffle jazz history.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 12, 2006
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Guitar heroes too

The Slip fall into the rock
“People simply can’t describe our music,” says drummer Andrew Barr of the Boston-based trio the Slip as he looks back over the band’s past decade together. The Slip, "Children of December" (mp3)
By KEN MICALLEF  |  December 07, 2006

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