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    Musician's Musician - Mulgrew MillerEveryone's A-List Pianist

    Between 1985 and 1995, pianist Mulgrew Miller recorded prolifically as a leader: seven albums on Landmark and two on Novus. In that period, a Miller book emerged of substantive and challenging compositions that contrast sharply with the half-realized...

    by Karen Bennett on June 6, 2000
  • Everybody's Arranger - Ralph Burns—From Woody Herman to Ray Charles to Bob Fosse


    Everybody's Arranger - Ralph BurnsFrom Woody Herman to Ray Charles to Bob Fosse

    A truism in the popular arts says that some of our most remarkable talents are hidden in plain sight. Ralph Burns is an abiding example. How many people who saw Chicago, Fosse, or (two years earlier) St. Louis Woman knew they were listening to the or...

    by Will Friedwald on June 6, 2000
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    The Wizard from Algiers - Martial SolalOne of the World's Great Piano Virtuosos Deserves More Props in America

    They haven't put up a statue of the magisterial keyboard genius Martial Solal yet, but he may very well get one someday. Not in the U.S., of course, but in France, the country that erected a monument to Sidney Bechetthe legendary jazz figure who, co...

    by Steve Futterman on June 6, 2000
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    Mrs. Swing - How Mildred Bailey Helped Define Jazz Singing

    Poor Mildred Bailey. Her life was short and difficult, and the neglect of her art has been long and impervious. During the height of her career, she was accounted one of the most important singers in jazz or popular music, universally admired by crit...

    by Gary Giddins on June 6, 2000
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    2000 Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival Wednesday, June 7 Al Green, Odetta, Curtis Fowlkes's Catfish Corner. Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, 7 p.m. James Blood Ulmer's Earth Driver Raw Blues. Knitting Factory, 8 p.m. Sun Ra Arkestra conducted by M...

    on June 6, 2000
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    Town Hall Train Wreck - Why Charles Mingus Came to Grief in 1962

    Charles Mingus, Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island, 1971 photograph by David Gahr In mid 1962, Charles Mingus made a deal with United Artists. He wanted to lead a big band, but he wanted to record it live, before an audience. That would t...

    by Gene Santoro on June 6, 2000
  • MJQ (1952–99) r.i.p. - The Longest Running Ensemble in Jazz History Makes Its Last Stop


    MJQ (195299) r.i.p. - The Longest Running Ensemble in Jazz History Makes Its Last Stop

    The death of vibraharpist Milt Jackson on October 9, 1999, was a double loss for jazz, silencing a great jazz virtuoso and bringing to an end the 48-year run of the Modern Jazz Quartet. The MJQ's windup was as quiet as its beginning on January 14, 19...

    by Eugene Holley Jr. on June 6, 2000
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    eXistenZZZZZZZZZ We go to concerts in darkened rooms (and to galleries with white walls) because Art requires a suspension of disbelief achieved through sensory deprivation. When Yoko Ono suggests, "Let's stay alive, okay?" and you're sitting in th...

    on June 6, 2000
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    The St. Tom Passion - Turning a Martyrs Sermons Into a Truly New Song

    It disgusted Friedrich Nietzsche that Wagner would revert to Christian themes in his last opera. "An apostasy and reversion to sickly Christian and obscurantist ideals," he called Parsifal, and wrote, "I despise everyone who does not experience Parsi...

    by Kyle Gann on May 30, 2000
  • Seeds and Stems Again


    Seeds and Stems Again

    If mainstream hip-hop bathes in the nectar of ghetto-fab, bubbling in the fruit extract of glitz, glam, and gore, it only makes sense that the actual morsel, pits, and fleshy ripeness would be waiting, ready for harvest, in a sun-soaked orchard in th...

    by Jaime Lowe on May 30, 2000
  • This Ain't No Disco - Rephlex Records Knocks Techno Off Its High Horse


    This Ain't No Disco - Rephlex Records Knocks Techno Off Its High Horse

    With last year's swan-song-cum-video "Windowlicker," Richard "Aphex Twin" James retired from music-making, which was just as well. As electronic music's resident funnyman, he hadbecome more its Rich Little than its Andy Kaufman, shtickishly pantomimi...

    by Hobey Echlin on May 30, 2000
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    Pearl Jam The word supergroup usually inspires suspicionthe whole is seldom equivalent to the sum of its parts. And the term comes up a lot in descriptions of Lucy Pearl, which comprises Toni Tony Tone's Raphael Saadiq, En Vogue's Dawn Robinson, a...

    on May 30, 2000
  • Freed Jazz - The Philosopher King Brings Himself to It


    Freed Jazz - The Philosopher King Brings Himself to It

    On a recent Thursday morning, I visited the recording studio and rehearsal space Ornette Coleman has created in a building at 125th Street and Park. Fifteen mostly young musicians were coming to grips with Coleman's "La Statue," subtitled "The Countr...

    by Gary Giddins on May 30, 2000
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    Woody Guthrie's Second Life - Folksinger, Wordslinger, Start Me a Song

    It's a credit to the mythmakers of the Woody Guthrie revival that they've never claimed their hero was the proletarian everyman he sold himself as. Not that they had much choiceby the time Guthrie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ...

    by Robert Christgau on May 30, 2000
  • Savant-Garde Garbagetronica - Detroit and Chicago Reinvent Techno Out of Trash


    Savant-Garde Garbagetronica - Detroit and Chicago Reinvent Techno Out of Trash

    MAGAS, an arhythmic one-man MC-505 Roland ringleader from Chicago, barks out dance commands like a sergeant, accidentally conjuring brilliant beats. At live performances the crowd treats him like a holy curse; his dark, bass-infested groove is a guil...

    by Liz Armstrong on May 23, 2000
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    I'd worry that all the divas honored with A's below are over 50 while several of their little sisters show up in Duds. Only (a) I've been dissing two of the former for decades and (b) some other little sisters are doing just fine without reference to...

    by Robert Christgau on May 23, 2000
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    New Hope for the Stupid

    Two boys residing in New Hope, Pennsylvania, named Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo meet in an eighth grade typing class in 1984. They huff Scotchgard. They make lots (some say thousands) of four-track recordings. They worship the demon-god Boogni...

    by Carla Spartos on May 23, 2000
  • Rock Steady


    Rock Steady

    The badder the bassline, the funnier the face. This is the rule my friend Brian and I apply to drum'n'bass, punctuating our long, late-night listening sessions with screwed-up noses while doing the Fatboy Slim, point-to-the-record, isn't-this-the-shi...

    by Tricia Romano on May 23, 2000
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    Hit Parade Bassist and ecstatic-jazz community organizer William Parker told his Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra to wear red for the NewOrleans-style parade that inaugurated the 5th Annual Vision Festival, which runs through the 29th. Parker l...

    on May 23, 2000
  • Think About Pavement


    Think About Pavement

    I recently made a mix tape titled Corniness in Punk Rock, an effort not unlike setting a coin spinning on its edge so you can make heads and tails of it. On the dark side of the swoon, moans and minor keys lurked; whirling sunny side up, tart pop pas...

    by Nick Catucci on May 16, 2000
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