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  • 4 years ago

    Much like pianists owned 2010, 2011 has proven to be the Year of the Tenor—even if by coincidence, rather than trend. Sonny Rollins remains the undisputed world champion, of course, with James Carter, Joe Lovano, David Murray, and David S. W...

  • 4 years ago

    What does it say about the current state of jazz that this fall's most eagerly anticipated "new" release is a Miles Davis concert package from 1966? (The only real competition is a Sonny Rollins largely drawn from last year's 80th-birthday celebra...

  • 4 years ago

    Nineteen sixty-seven started off as the year that the New Jazz might finally break through. Ornette, Cecil, and Don Cherry were on Blue Note; Ayler and Pharoah joined Coltrane and Archie Shepp on Impulse; and John Hammond recorded Burton Greene an...

  • 4 years ago

    If teachers' unions represent "a moneyed special interest," as Chris Christie recently asserted (and if he keeps threatening elderly women with a bat, maybe we should start calling this thug "Big Pussy"), what does that make all those supposed sma...

  • 5 years ago

    It wouldn’t be exaggerating much to say that Jason Moran’s only competition in the Fifth Annual Village Voice Jazz Critics’ Poll was Jason Moran. Ten, his first trio album in seven years, won Album of the Year in a landslide, but th...

  • 5 years ago

    Along with bagels, the Times, and Christiane Amanpour, Sunday morning around my bunkhouse means a Gene Autry movie. As a kid glued to the screen in the late '50s and early '60s, I never cottoned to his '40s box-office rival, Roy Rogers; looking ba...

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