| Jun 19, 2012
| 4:35 AM
"I think I'm built to last," sings Neneh Cherry on "Cashback," the opening track on "The Cherry Thing," her cacophonic collaboration that is something of her comeback. Cherry started her career with the punk-influenced collective Rip Rig + Panic but......
| Jun 3, 2011
| 1:11 PM
When it comes to improvisation, “free” is a thorny word.
In the context of avant-garde jazz, pioneered in the 1960s by Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra and others, it means free-form group...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 9:10 AM
I first heard Led Zeppelin IV, which turns 40 this year, on New Year’s Eve, 1983, when I was in sixth grade.
My friend Chris Ward had an older brother, Tom, who was a Led Zeppelin fan. I can’t remember why, but Chris spent that New Year&...
| Aug 4, 2011
| 8:19 AM
The bassist is one of 12 Philadelphia musicians to win a Pew Fellowship, along with electronic musician Charles Cohen, poet CAConrad, guitarist/composer Chris Forsyth and poet Pattie McCarthy.
Click here to read the announcement on Tacuma's website....
| May 20, 2011
| 7:37 AM
Mother’s Day, 1987. David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon, three young composers fresh out of Yale, stage a 12-hour marathon of new music at a gallery on lower Broadway in New York City.
Double bassist Robert Black participates. “I...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 11:16 AM
David Liebman Quartet, July 19, Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, Middletown.
Every time David Liebman takes the stage, one imagines the disembodied spirits of John Coltrane and Miles Davis nodding in approval. Ever since the 66-year-old...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 9:05 AM
Always In Trouble
An Oral History of ESP-Disk', The Most Outrageous Record Label in America by Jason Weiss, Wesleyan Univ. Press, 292 pages, $24.95 (paper), $11.99 eBook
While the music scene over the past half-century has been dominated by major...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 10:28 AM
For a relatively young jazz musician, tenor saxman Noah Preminger is as seasoned as it gets. As a leader and sideman, the 25-year-old Canton, Conn. native has gigged with some of the biggest names in New York, people like Dave Holland, Fred Hersch, Dave...
| Jul 29, 2009
George Russell, a composer, educator and theorist who had a powerful effect on the jazz forms and methods that have evolved from the 1950s to the present, has died. He was 86.
A MacArthur Foundation Award winner, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz...
| Dec 30, 2008
Freddie Hubbard, widely regarded as the most gifted jazz trumpeter of the post-bebop '60s and '70s, died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 70.
The cause of death was attributed to complications from a heart attack he suffered Nov....
| Sep 23, 2008
Charlie Haden Family & Friends (Decca)
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The stereotypical disconnect between the worlds of jazz and country music was beautifully crystallized many years ago when celebrated drummer Buddy Rich was in the hospital. Just before going into surgery,...
| Jan 6, 2008
A Southwest winter musical festival brings 13 concerts during a five-week stretch to venues in northern Scottsdale and Carefree. Pianist André Watts, a guest star, will perform Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto; the Musicfest Chorus...