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2014 Stories by Jim Macnie

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  • 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 >>

  • Danilo Pérez’s Panama 500

    published February 5, 2014

    The ever-engaging pianist loves to dissect his cultural history, and the traditions of Panama help define his work as a bandleader. His latest... More >>

  • Aruán Ortiz

    published February 5, 2014

    The Cuban pianist spent plenty of time honing ideas as a sideman, and it's paid off. Almost every time you catch him in a leadership role there's... More >>

  • Omer Avital

    published February 5, 2014

    He started off two decades ago with a mess of reeds in front of him, and they brought plenty of whomp! to the mischievous bassist-composer's small... More >>

  • Albert 'Tootie' Heath

    published January 29, 2014

    Jazz on the bandstand is as much about variety as it is confluence, and this intergenerational trio unites a handful of historic vernaculars into... More >>

  • John Abercrombie Quartet

    published January 29, 2014

    The action tends to glisten in the wily guitarist’s quartet music. Abercrombie has prioritized lyricism during his several decades as a... More >>

  • Uri Caine

    published January 15, 2014

    He’s earned a rep as a cagey structuralist by wildly reimagining Euro classical pieces, but from his spin on the Goldberg Variations to a... More >>

  • The Cookers

    published January 8, 2014

    The oomph that emerges from this masterful septet’s beefy hard bop has an odd power, and the best way to feel its impact is to catch them... More >>

  • 'Compulsion: The Music of Andrew Hill'

    published January 8, 2014

    Elliptical, mysterious, bluesy, bold — he was quite a pianist, but Hill’s Blue Notes were filled with some of jazz’s most... More >>


    published January 1, 2014

    Some say it’s grown too much and is officially overwhelming. Others say overwhelming is the only way to go. After a decade in business,... More >>

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