When I was very young, I’d pick up my brother’s guitar or tap on my mom’s piano just to try to see what kind of cool sounds I could get out of them. I wasn’t concerned about notes, chords or songs, I merely wanted to get the things to make some sort of resonance that would resonate with me.
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In that alternate universe where indie rock is fringe music and post-hardcore improvised rock is mainstream, Matta Gawa is The Black Keys.
Tim Berne has been such an imposing figure in New York’s improvised music scene since the 80s, it’s impossible to avoid his presence on significant recordings from that scene for too long.
New offerings from Paul McCartney, Owl City and Van Halen top our weekly list of notable upcoming music projects, both new and reissue.
The history of jazz is a history of personalities; from the affable Satchmo, the showmanship of Diz, the gentlemanly ways of Ellington, to the intensely insular Miles. It seemed in most of these cases, the music reflected their personalities, too.
Like Giuseppi Logan, tenor saxophonist Charles Gayle was in the thick of it during the free jazz revolution taking place in New York during the 1960s.
There’s something both endearing and inspiring about a musician who is just as comfortable hammering out meat & potatoes bar band tunes (see below) as he is living in the altered reality of Sun Ra. That man is Terry Adams. As one of the masterminds behind NRBQ — wait, you don’t have any of their records? Shame on you! —Read More
Less than two months ago the great jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Paul Motian passed away at eighty years old, in what was arguably the most substantial loss in the jazz world of 2011.
Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Wadada Leo Smith, who celebrated his 70th birthday just last month, is as productive as he’s ever been, and I’m getting nearly exhausted just keeping up covering all his new releases.
At thirty-one minutes, this debut album by the Jeff Kimmel Quartet is shorter than some EP’s, but bass clarinetist Kimmel and his friends make the most of their time.