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2014 Stories by Aidan Levy

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  • Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile

    published September 10, 2014

    Pianist Brad Mehldau and mandolinist Chris Thile have cultivated omnivorous tastes from Bach to Dylan to Radiohead, and their virtuosic covers... More >>

  • Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich

    published September 3, 2014

    The fathers of minimalism go big with this three-day retrospective, their first double bill in decades. For the opening night, five seminal pieces... More >>

  • Ron Carter Big Band

    published August 27, 2014

    A great bassist is like a great catcher, essential and often overlooked. Whether they know it or not, everyone has heard Ron Carter. It might be... More >>

  • Eric Harland

    published August 27, 2014

    At 36, prolific drummer Eric Harland has appeared as a sideman on nearly 200 recordings, bridging the rhythmic gap between Wayne Shorter,... More >>

  • Fabian Almazan

    published August 13, 2014

    The promising young pianist celebrates the release of Rhizome, his inspired sophomore album and his first on Blue Note, with a six-night residency... More >>

  • Earl Klugh

    published August 13, 2014

    Stamped early on with the smooth jazz genre marker, it didn't take long to clue people into the fact that Earl Klugh embodies a more holistic jazz... More >>

  • Weasel Walter

    published August 6, 2014

    No one on the downtown scene is more qualified to be heir to the mantle of Captain Beefheart than hardcore multi-instrumentalist, impresario, and... More >>

  • Mingus Big Band

    published August 6, 2014

    The legacy of mercurial bassist, composer, mystic and all around multi-hyphenate Charles Mingus lives on at the Jazz Standard, where the 14-piece... More >>

  • Jurassic 5

    published July 30, 2014

    The six-piece hip-hop outfit takes it back to the concrete streets, their "playground tactics" eternally youthful as the group coasts effortlessly... More >>

  • Cuddle Magic

    published July 30, 2014

    The Brooklyn-based chamber pop ensemble weaves a kaleidoscopic tapestry of uncanny soundscapes, unconventional instrumentation, and dense note... More >>

  • The Haden Triplets

    published July 23, 2014

    The Haden Triplets, daughters of late jazz bass legend Charlie Haden, recently released their self-titled debut on Jack White's Third Man Records.... More >>

  • Camera Obscura+Laura Cantrell

    published July 16, 2014

    If irony is the currency of American indie pop, last summer's Desire Lines, Glaswegian outfit Camera Obscura's lithe fifth album, trades in... More >>

  • Matthew Sweet

    published July 16, 2014

    This '90s alt-rock demigod was one of the first navel-gazing singer-songwriters to come up with more than amplified lint, enlisting iconoclastic... More >>

  • 311

    published July 16, 2014

    Stereolithic, 311's first indie release since 1991 and a reunion with Soundsystem producer Scott Ralston, marks a return to the airy... More >>

  • Camera Obscura+Laura Cantrell

    published July 9, 2014

    If irony is the currency of American indie pop, last summer's Desire Lines, Glaswegian outfit Camera Obscura's lithe fifth album, trades in... More >>

  • Dylan Golden

    published July 2, 2014

    In contrast to the bravado that pervades hip-hop culture, 22-year-old Dylan Golden's sophomore album "Humble Beginnings," scheduled for release in... More >>

  • Crosby, Stills and Nash

    published July 2, 2014

    "Teach your children well. Their father's hell did slowly go by," Graham Nash wrote in his pacifying 1970 lyrical anti-war anthem, "Teach Your... More >>

  • The Budos Band+Spires

    published June 25, 2014

    The sound of summer in Brooklyn is a hotly contested title that could never be definitively decided, but these two bands vie for singular yet... More >>

  • Cyrus Chestnut Trio

    published June 25, 2014

    Following the recent passing of Horace Silver, his virtuosic heir apparent is sure to pay homage to the late iconoclast's earthy fusion of Latin... More >>

  • Primus

    published June 18, 2014

    The psychedelic court jester of acid rock reunites with guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander for the first tour featuring Primus'... More >>

  • Charles Bradley+Mac DeMarco+Benjamin Booker

    published June 11, 2014

    You can hear the sweat in Charles Bradley's voice, but seeing the perspiration live in a dank warehouse at the first Vans House Party of the... More >>

  • Christian McBride & Brad Mehldau

    published June 4, 2014

    The Blue Note Jazz Festival continues a tradition of unlikely collaborations with a series of duo performances by bassist Christian McBride and... More >>

  • Willie Nelson+Alison Krauss and Union Station+Jerry Douglas+Kacey Musgraves

    published June 4, 2014

    In this intergenerational gathering of country royalty, the 81-year-old philosopher king of troubadours and the high priestess of bluegrass... More >>

  • Jamie Cullum

    published May 28, 2014

    Jamie Cullum tickles the ivories with Jerry Lee Lewis pyrotechnics and a jazz-pop aesthetic equally influenced by Thelonious Monk and Cole Porter.... More >>

  • Erik Friedlander

    published May 21, 2014

    Genre-bending cellist Erik Friedlander wrote most of the music for Nighthawks, his latest release with Bonebridge, during Hurricane Sandy,... More >>

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