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2001 Stories by Gary Giddins

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  • Heroes at Work

    published December 11, 2001

    A new organization called Jazz Alliance International produced "Made in America," a jazz concert to benefit "the heroes and victims of September... More >>

  • Bad Haircut, Good Ragtime

    published November 27, 2001

    In westerns, the saloon pianist never gets any respect. Always a foil and never once a hero, he's there in a thousand movies, utterly nondescript... More >>

  • All Around the Town

    published November 13, 2001

    With irony now rotting in the grave, Uri Caine demonstrated a prescient sobriety two years ago when he recorded The Sidewalks of New York,... More >>

  • Master Class

    published November 6, 2001

    The October 19 and 20 Jazz at Lincoln Center tribute to Jimmy Heath, commemorating his 75th birthday, was called "He Walked With Giants"—a... More >>

  • Heir to a Secret History

    published October 16, 2001

    Blue Note Records is turning out to be, of all things, the Blue Note Records of our time—in a way I never anticipated. Hard bop is not on the... More >>

  • Strictly Solalian

    published October 2, 2001

    Probably the worst label one can stick on a jazz musician is Intellectual, a nebulous term that almost always serves as a warning: You may be... More >>

  • Looking for Better Than That

    published September 18, 2001

    Early Tuesday, September 11, conniving for a lead to begin this column, I fancied myself Diogenes in search of an honest singer, squinting through... More >>

  • Same Ol’ Blues

    published September 4, 2001

    The fall lineup in jazz offers a rich diet and few surprises. Mainstream clubs and concert series present mainstream stars representing every... More >>

  • Go Tell It on the Mountain

    published July 31, 2001

    Let's be bold: The David S. Ware Quartet is the best small band in jazz today. I realize that I will almost certainly hear another quartet, or... More >>

  • Minnie the Moocher's Revenge

    published July 10, 2001

    Say this of JVC: The plot changes annually. It may look the same on paper, may list toward the same artists, suffer the same limitations,... More >>

  • Mood Swings

    published June 26, 2001

    Tom Harrell's unevenness as an improviser and composer has generated one of jazz's most consistent dramas over the past 25 years. When the planets... More >>

  • Nashville

    published June 12, 2001

    Eclecticism has been so much the norm in jazz during the past 30 years that you expect just about every player who comes along to have one foot in... More >>

  • Found and Lost

    published June 5, 2001

    Terence Blanchard's reach and tone have broadened just about equally in the 15 years since he graduated from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He has... More >>

  • The Once and Future King

    published June 5, 2001

    Amid the crush of CD releases timed to accompany Louis Armstrong's centennial celebration, a two-year event that acknowledges his avowed birthdate... More >>

  • Louis Armstrong 1901–1971

    published June 5, 2001

    Louis Armstrong was born 100 years ago, on August 4, 1901, in a squat, wooden, ramshackle building in a destitute and violent area of New Orleans... More >>

  • Billy Higgins, 1936–2001

    published May 15, 2001

    Is it spring or the waning days of autumn? The festivals are getting underway, so it must be spring. Yet it feels like a shivery October in the... More >>

  • A Quartet of Five

    published May 8, 2001

    No postwar jazz musician has cultivated his audience like Dave Brubeck. His success has Pavlovian dimensions. The simultaneous release of... More >>

  • Deeper Into the Vaults

    published April 17, 2001

    Reissues usually get their due at year's end, when they come gift-wrapped in cloth or steel boxes with fancy prices and hyped-up art direction,... More >>

  • Work in Progress

    published April 10, 2001

    The long fingers of pianist Vijay Iyer, who appeared with his quartet in the recent Jazz Gallery series, "Pianobility," look like tarantula legs... More >>

  • Over the Transom

    published March 20, 2001

    The first time I met John Hammond he regaled me by playing reel-to-reel tapes of unissued Artie Shaw and Joe Turner. This was back in 1969, and... More >>

  • Heavy Duty

    published February 27, 2001

    This list could have been twice as long, and even so, generally focuses on just one part of jazz, the broad mainstream. Where are the jazz stars... More >>

  • Here's the Melody

    published January 30, 2001

    Melody is the rarest of musical talents and the most treasured, which is one reason only a handful of 19th-century composers continue to speak to... More >>

  • Bedside Jazz

    published January 16, 2001

    The joy of anthologies is giving yourself up to someone else's taste. It was precisely that joy that chaperoned many of us through the historic... More >>

  • Signposts of Posthistory

    published January 2, 2001

    So the year 2000 in jazz, which was supposed to be the year of Louis Armstrong, turned out to be the year of Kind of Blue. True, Pops has a... More >>

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