David R. Adler
1 month ago | Jazz
The career of jazz guitar great Larry Coryell, who died on February 19 at age 73, is in some sense a microcosm of jazz itself, in all its stylistic and aesthetic breadth. Steeped in the hard-swinging tradition of the archtop guitar masters (Barney...
2 months ago | Interviews
Jazz composer and vocalist Jihye Lee wrote "Guilty," one of the six powerful compositions on her new large-ensemble jazz album, April, with a stark message in mind: "You let them die." A tribute to the 304 mostly teenage victims of the April 2014 ...
2 years ago | Jazz
With so many worthy jazz recordings in 2014 -- from the likes of Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Melissa Aldana, Kris Davis, Ideal Bread, Otis Brown III, Fabian Almazan, Hafez Modirzadeh, and more -- it was, as always, insanely hard to pick a top 10. B...
3 years ago | Opera
I haven't seen John Adams' opera The Death of Klinghoffer but I hope to have a chance to do so. Given Adams' public pronouncements, however, I'm finding it doubtful he has genuine insight to share on the subject of terrorism. For those who don't k...
3 years ago
Vision Festival 19 June 11–15, Roulette The Vision Festival has made a custom of honoring a particular avant-garde jazz musician for Lifetime Achievement each year. Now it's the turn of uncompromising saxophonist (and pianist, and bassist) 7...