6 days ago | Books
As the country steels itself for Donald J. Trump's next temper tantrum, it also welcomes a new work from the writer George Saunders that considers a president whose grace and composure under pressure were, by most accounts, unrivaled in the histor...
2 months ago | Jazz
If you want to draw aesthetic conclusions about the state of jazz circa 2017, you could do worse than attend the annual Winter JazzFest, which runs January 5–10 and comprises some 130 acts scattered throughout venues mostly in and around the West ...
5 months 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...
6 months 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 ...
8 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 ...