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2011 Stories by Jim Macnie

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  • Charles Lloyd New Quartet

    published January 19, 2011

    I've become mildly obsessed with the silvery sob that the veteran tenor player gave the Beach Boys' "Caroline No" on last year's Mirror.... More >>

  • Jeff 'Tain' Watts 4

    published January 12, 2011

    The brilliant, aggressive drummer often holds up a challenge to those with whom he shares the stage: they have to come strong if they're going to... More >>

  • Jane Ira Bloom Quartet

    published January 12, 2011

    Her soprano sax is known for flitting unpredictably through swing, so the graceful and electronically enhanced jitters that dot the new... More >>

  • David Murray Big Band

    published January 12, 2011

    In a word? Effusive. Ever since the early '80s, when the tenor player exploded his octet into a large ensemble, he's green-lit plenty of... More >>

  • Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey & Ingrid Laubrock

    published January 5, 2011

    During the last two months, I've seen each of these expert soundscapists breed the kind of outcast poetics that electrifies a room. The chemistry... More >>

  • Ken Thomson's Slow/Fast

    published January 5, 2011

    The saxophonist has a tune that throws a shoe at Mister Softee and that annoying jingle of his. But for the most part, that's the only anger... More >>

  • Positive Catastrophe

    published January 5, 2011

    Things are often whirling in the Caribbean-flecked book of this animated tentet. Co-leaders Abraham Gomez-Delgado and Taylor Ho Bynum blend... More >>

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