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2014 Stories by Jim Macnie

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  • Billy Hart Quartet

    published June 4, 2014

    As the veteran drummer’s foursome develops, the grace they broker becomes more essential to its personality. Can’t say if it’s... More >>

  • David Torn+Tim Berne & Matt Mitchell

    published May 28, 2014

    Three nights of precision and excursion. Torn, the intrepid string experimentalist, seldom plays unaccompanied, so this solo shot is a treat.... More >>

  • 'Joe Lovano's Village Rhythms Band'

    published May 28, 2014

    A chance meeting with Fela back in the '80s planted a seed in the saxophonist's head. Fans know he's got big ears, and the opportunity to dance... More >>

  • Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet

    published May 21, 2014

    Dude turned 88 a month ago, and his power only seems to grow. Last year’s Roots of the Blues told us that his touch could still make... More >>

  • Adam Kolker Quartet

    published May 21, 2014

    The BK tenor player is one of those improvisers who makes you wonder “how did he choose to play that line just now?” That’s... More >>

  • 'The Gil Evans Project'

    published May 14, 2014

    The bandleader earned massive props from fans, critics and Grammy voters when his first edition of Evans tunes dropped a couple years ago. God is... More >>

  • Enrico Pieranunzi

    published April 30, 2014

    Whether he’s tipping the hat to Morricone or pin-balling around Monk, there’s a devilish attitude at work in the Italian... More >>

  • Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors

    published April 23, 2014

    It’s been a minute since we've heard from the bassist-composer's mid-sized ensemble. But he's been spending his time wisely. Chamber Music... More >>

  • The Bad Plus

    published April 23, 2014

    The trio is known for messing with jewels like “Heart of Glass” and “Iron Man” but their new disc is dedicated to a... More >>

  • Joel Frahm Trio

    published April 16, 2014

    A few months ago I came across a trio album the mighty saxophonist cut with drummer Mark Lockett, and was knocked out by the agility of his horn.... More >>

  • 'Playing for Jim Hall'

    published April 16, 2014

    The master passed in December and his colleagues are still reeling from the loss. A swarm of them step in to populate these three nights with a... More >>

  • Dan Weiss

    published April 9, 2014

    Rethinking the function of crescendo, giving a through-composed piece the oomph of polyphony, nudging monster-movie metal towards the academy... More >>

  • Jesse Stacken Quartet

    published April 9, 2014

    The earthy tone of Malaby’s tenor fits snuggly with pianist Stacken’s cunning freebop. With drummer Tom Rainey guiding things while... More >>

  • Steve Coleman & Five Elements

    published March 26, 2014

    The veteran alto player’s intricate grooves play hopscotch through your cranium, making skips and leaps to points that previously seemed... More >>

  • Jim Black

    published March 26, 2014

    An expertise in abstract designs gives the drummer a refreshingly wayward approach to trad time-keeping, but the raucous pummeling and florid... More >>

  • Regina Carter

    published March 26, 2014

    How down home is the virtuoso violinist's new Southern Comfort? By the time the dust settles, she and her crack squad have moved through... More >>

  • Dave King

    published March 5, 2014

    Watching the Bad Plus drummer shift gears while constantly recalibrating tension is one of jazz’s more reliable joys. For this Gowanus hit,... More >>

  • Noah Preminger

    published March 5, 2014

    Turbulence does business with sentiment in the tenor saxophonist’s bracing music. He’s one of those cats that bring vigor to both... More >>

  • Reeds Ramble

    published March 5, 2014

    It only takes a spin or two to hear that this two-tenor romp from Chris Cheek and Seamus Blake is all about panache. On their new Criss... More >>

  • Ambrose Akinmusire

    published March 5, 2014

    The music on the wily trumpeter’s new the imagined savior is far easier to paint sounds familiar but acts unique. That makes for a... More >>

  • Rudy Royston 303

    published February 26, 2014

    The enticing thing about the impressive drummer’s new 303 album is its natural diversity. The stylistic zigzag that defines the... More >>

  • Branford Marsalis Quartet

    published February 26, 2014

    Yes, you’ll have to fight your way in. But if you gain entry to the palace, the mighty foursome — especially in a small room —... More >>

  • 'Reflections of Monk'

    published February 19, 2014

    Monk may be everywhere at this late date, but he can still be a tough nut to crack. The members of this tribute quartet — Harrell, Osby,... More >>

  • Ray Anderson

    published February 19, 2014

    The virtuoso trombonist reminded a Cobble Hill audience of his many skills — textural breadth and forward motion among them — a couple... More >>

  • Keith Jarrett

    published February 5, 2014

    The maestro's epic recitals shine a light on what takes place inside that beguiling cranium of his. Recently saluted as an NEA Jazz Master, he... More >>

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