21 days ago | Jazz
Half of the sixteen tracks on jazz pianist Kris Davis's new Duopoly are free improvisation, and the other half are loosely based on an original tune or jazz standard. But if you were to listen to Duopoly without a track listing, it would be diffic...
1 month ago | Books
Michael Azerrad's first book in fifteen years, Rock Critic Law: 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly About Pop Music, is, despite the playful title, a serious work of meta-criticism aimed at stale thinking. Set to be published by Dey Street in ...
4 months ago | Jazz
If jazz is a story of process, then perhaps no musician embodies that ideal better than Charlie Parker, the bebop alto saxophonist — also known as "Bird" — who died 61 years ago at the age of 34. An avatar of focus, Parker brought to the table an ...
4 years ago
Two weeks ago, at Douglass Street Music Collective in Gowanus, a group of young iconoclasts milled quietly about, drinking beer as the musician Josh Sinton sat on a handmade stage before them, producing whooshy, long tones on a contrabass clarinet...
4 years ago | Jazz
The Lenox Lounge, Harlem's hallowed jazz club which closed on December 31 after a rent dispute between the club's owner, Alvin Reed, and the space's landlord, Ricky Edmonds, is opening up again two blocks north of its original location. The club w...