Gary Giddins

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  • 12 years ago

    If newspaper essays came with movie-style credits, this one might read: Village Voice Media Presents a Gary Giddins Column; Written and Directed by Gary Giddins; Based on an Original Idea by Louis Armstrong and Samuel Johnson; Edited by Robert Chr...

  • 12 years ago

    At first I thought the column would co-exist, unnamed, with other writings in Music. But, of course, it had to have its own heading; I objected to Jazz because I was sensitive to the implication—rampant at the time—that jazz and music we...

  • 12 years ago

    As Groucho Marx used to sing, "Hello, I must be going." It's time to move on when you begin to calculate a job's duration the way children identify their ages. Whereas I used to think in round numbers, lately I found myself muttering, "29 and a ha...

  • 12 years ago

    The guitarist Liberty Ellman was born in London and raised in a Greene Street loft until schooling took him to California. There he hooked up with pianist Vijay Iyer and, in 1997, self-produced a noteworthy debut, Orthodoxy. Like Iyer, he returned...

  • 12 years ago

    Of the 70-plus tunes attributed to Thelonious Monk, the ballads occupy a singular plateau, none more so than "Reflections," which he introduced at a magnificent 1952 Prestige trio session alongside "Trinkle Tinkle," "Bemsha Swing," and a riotously...

  • 13 years ago

    Charles Tolliver's big-band gig at Jazz Stan-dard should signal the resumption of a career that peaked in the 1970s. A trumpet player and composer who staked his claim as a rugged hard-bopper on two 1964 Jackie McLean LPs, he freelanced widely unt...


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