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Chucho, Mike, and Lina

Havana, Chicago, and a dash of Toronto
Anyone who has doubts about the musical supremacy of Chucho Valdés — or wants an introduction to it — need only listen to "Danzón," the second track from the new Chucho's Steps.
By JON GARELICK  |  October 12, 2010

Sonic DNA: Stanton Moore and Anthony Brown

They know where music comes from
Music is mystery, maybe, but for some of us that conceit is a provocation for deep-nerdy investigation.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 14, 2010

Covering Lacy

A jazz master’s legacy finds traction
For Josh Sinton, Steve Lacy stood out almost from the beginning.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 24, 2010

Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr

A collection of videos, photos, music and more from our archives
Here is our salute – in photo, audio, video, and writing – to a Roxbury legend and the vast Gang Starr legacy he left behind.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 24, 2010

Poetic chaos

A Troop of Echoes spend Days In Automation
The melodic noise collective known as A Troop of Echoes will unveil their full-length debut Days In Automation next weekend at AS220, hosting their album release party alongside an impressive gathering of local support.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 19, 2010

Music for the love of it

From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 05, 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.
By JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2010

Into the groove

Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 12, 2010

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The Souljazz Orchestra | Rising Sun

Strut (2010)
We're living in the middle of a veritable renaissance of "Spiritual Jazz."
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  February 23, 2010

Getting the story

Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux sing jazz's many strains
Full-length written histories of jazz can be a slog. Especially since "the story of jazz" (as critic Marshall Stearns titled his 1956 tome) only gets longer and more complicated. Personally, on these prose-narrative trips along the New Orleans–New York axis of musical development, I usually bog down somewhere outside Chicago.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 01, 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

Inside out

Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club, Lee Konitz + Minsarah, and Steve Swallow recanting
Charlie Kohlhase's love affair with jazz began with the avant-garde. As a high-school kid in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he found that it was Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago who rocked his world.
By JON GARELICK  |  July 06, 2009

Various artists | Spiritual Jazz: Esoteric, Modal, and Deep Jazz from the Underground, 1968-1977

Jazzman (2009)
Apple-pie Mormon missionaries the Millers travel through Iran to spread the gospel of Joseph Smith among Muslims and Zoroastrians, and their kid discovers the glorious sound of the santur.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 21, 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

Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps

By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008

Medicine men

Two Boston poets use their art for the good of the tribe
What if a poem had the power to heal loneliness?
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 28, 2008

Good fellows

Brian Blade and company help blaze jazz’s newest path
The jazz tide is shifting once again.  
By JON GARELICK  |  October 20, 2008

Getting it live

Noah Preminger, Fernando Huergo, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, and the BeanTown Jazz Festival
Noah Preminger — bearded, shaggy-haired, 23 years old — plays tenor saxophone like a man at least twice his age while remaining completely of the moment.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 2008

Remembering a Rhode Island icon

Jefferson Thomas was in the vanguard of the Providence underground
There was never anyone remotely like Jeff Thomas.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 30, 2008

Mining the past

The classic sounds of the Mars Volta and Louis XIV
John Coltrane acid blasts rage through the Mars Volta’s new The Bedlam in Goliath.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 12, 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

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

Peace meal

His Name Is Alive are alive and well
Open-eared rockers often pay lip service to outré jazz figures, but this HNIA exploration is deeper and more selfless than the usual soundboy dabbling.
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  January 14, 2008

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

Listen up

Providence national pop + jazz picks: 2007 in review
It’s the first year a long time where I truly felt like I didn’t listen to enough music.
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 18, 2007

Sweet reads

Books: 2007 in review
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry the Phoenix wrote about in 2007.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2007

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

Voice choices

Stacey Kent and Julie Hardy find two different ways to make singing swing
Julie Hardy and Stacey Kent come at jazz singing from opposite ends of the spectrum.
By JON GARELICK  |  November 19, 2007

Seven layers of heaven

John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Blackman Theatre, September 22, 2007
Working on the fly, the organizers created an odd layer cake.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 24, 2007

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