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2012 Stories by Jim Macnie

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  • 'The Jazz Gallery's Home Run Benefit Concert'

    published June 6, 2012

    Over the last two decades, this downtown space has made a name or itself as both one of the city's key labs for improvisers and a cozy spot to... More >>

  • 'Vision Festival: Celebrating Joe McPhee'

    published June 6, 2012

    Saxophonist Joe McPhee receives the festival’s lifetime achievement award this year, and three of his singular ensembles are helping... More >>

  • Guillermo Klein's Los Guachos

    published May 23, 2012

    The Argentine composer's new Carrera walks on the eerie side, with the signature idiosyncrasies that mark his work—unexpected swirls,... More >>

  • Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana

    published May 23, 2012

    It’s tempting to deem this pianist/drummer one-nighter a harmony meets rhythm confab, but Mehldau has grown percussive on the keys and... More >>

  • Joe Lovano US Five

    published May 16, 2012

    Lovano’s blustery sax lines continue to woo audiences in part because even in the most wayward moments, lyricism still defines the action.... More >>

  • Fred Hersch Duo & Trio

    published May 16, 2012

    The poetic pianist is completely established, but he still flashes the moves of an up-and-coming adventurer, here taking the stage with an array... More >>

  • 'Undead Music Festival Marathon Night and Tonic Reunion Show'

    published May 9, 2012

    This year's program kicks off with a remembrance of Tonic featuring the late lamented club's usual suspects, then finds Medeski, Martin, & Wood... More >>

  • Lionel Loueke

    published May 9, 2012

    The agility that marks the Benin-born guitarist's deep sense of interplay can be jaw-dropping: Sometimes his melodies are a tad too sweet, but... More >>

  • Steve Kuhn Trio

    published May 9, 2012

    The pianist's hard bop roots always give his late-in-life reflections a little extra oomph, one thing that makes Kuhn so singular. That and his... More >>

  • Cecil Taylor

    published May 9, 2012

    After almost 60 years of iconoclastic action we know that Taylor’s wobbly rail is plenty strong, and hermetic or not, his personal piano... More >>

  • Mary Halvorson Quintet

    published May 9, 2012

    The trumpet and sax of the guitarist’s quintet add extra textures to an already rich sound. In the last four years Halvorsons’s trio... More >>

  • John McNeil's Urban Legend

    published May 2, 2012

    The trumpeter-bandleader calls this outfit "accessible but not dumb." Few things McNeil does are: He's a wily composer who loves to script a... More >>

  • Davey Williams, LaDonna Smith, & Andrea Centazzo

    published April 11, 2012

    The Ictus Festival is celebrating the wiles and rigor of free improvisation at John Zorn’s romper room, and Italian percussionist Centazzo,... More >>

  • Vijay Iyer Trio

    published April 11, 2012

    Tonight, the celebrated pianist leads a band that generates marvelous moments as a matter of course. Iyer’s unique design sense always finds... More >>

  • Jim Hall

    published April 11, 2012

    This 81-year-old guitar virtuoso is an architectural master who constructs whispery solos that occasionally allow room for a surprising kerrang to... More >>

  • Joshua Redman Trio

    published April 11, 2012

    Redman has always brought us engaging ideas, but in the last couple of years his music’s emotional depth has exploded. This depth is perhaps... More >>

  • Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up

    published April 11, 2012

    A cagey wobble between design and abstraction makes the new The Air Is Different utterly enchanting. Or maybe wobble is the wrong word:... More >>

  • John Escreet Trio

    published April 11, 2012

    The pianist's music boasts the kind drama that always pulls you deeper into the action, with tunes like "Somewhere Between Dreaming and Sleeping"... More >>

  • Son of Goldfinger

    published April 4, 2012

    Love the rapport between guitarist David Torn and saxophonist Tim Berne: If one is waxing ethereal, the other is wrecking like a twister. (Roles... More >>

  • Billy Hart Quartet

    published April 4, 2012

    The veteran drummer builds an elliptical world on his new All Our Reasons, challenging his younger colleagues to meet his poetic... More >>

  • Craig Taborn Trio

    published April 4, 2012

    There’s virtuosity in play whenever Taborn sits at the piano, and it’s rendered in a way that goads his collaborators and engages his... More >>

  • Ben Allison

    published March 28, 2012

    Doing their job under some of the most memorable jazz melodies being written, Allison’s rhythms glow with a rock-tinged heat. Across his... More >>

  • Harold Mabern Trio

    published March 21, 2012

    The blues lives in every drop of sound that comes from Mabern’s piano. The Memphis-born master can romp through "Pent Up House" or get sobby... More >>

  • Open Loose

    published March 21, 2012

    Marty Ehrlich has a gorgeous record entitledPliant Plaint, and that title could be used to describe the elasticity at the core of Open... More >>

  • Matana Roberts

    published March 21, 2012

    The provocative saxophonist’s narrative work has a bit of Jean Toomer in it, with poetic tales told in flashes of vivid scenery. But when... More >>

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