• Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia

    Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia

    For many critical listeners, and not just readers of this magazine, the absolute sound—the sound of live, unamplified music in a real space—is a touchstone of the audiophile pursuit. Jazz recorded at a repurposed pawnshop ...
  • Rod McCormack: Fingerprints

    Rod McCormack: Fingerprints

    As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Australia native Rod McCormack didn’t need a solo album to make him one of roots music’s most important players. With credits involving work in all the above categories with ...
  • Newvelle Records Launches Fifth Season

    Newvelle Records Launches Fifth Season

    About six years ago New York jazz pianist Elan Mehler and Parisian Jean-Christophe Morisseau came up with an interesting business model. Rather than sell individual titles for the Newvelle Records label, they instituted a subscriber ...
  • Avishai Cohen: Big Vicious

    Avishai Cohen: Big Vicious

    When musicians blur the boundaries between jazz, rock, and electronica, they can put themselves on a fine line between sleek and slick. On his fourth release for ECM, trumpeter Avishai Cohen negotiates this liminal space ...
  • Gordon Lightfoot’s Solo

    Gordon Lightfoot’s Solo

    Gordon Lightfoot is a songwriter’s songwriter. No less a wordsmith than Bob Dylan has sung his praises, saying, “Every time I hear a song of his, I wish it would last forever.” And there is ...
  • McCoy Tyner, 1938–2020

    McCoy Tyner, 1938–2020

    When pianist McCoy Tyner died on March 6 at the age of 81, the earth lost one of its most formidable sources of thunder and lightning. Tyner’s thunder, epitomized in the rumble of his left-hand ...
  • The Changing Face of the Saxophone

    The Changing Face of the Saxophone

    While jazz has historically been something of a “boys club,” women trailblazers have crashed that fraternity since its inception. As we begin a new decade, Carla Bley, Maria Schneider, Anat Cohen, Terri Lynne Carrington, and ...
  • Albert Cummings: Believe

    Albert Cummings: Believe

    This, 2020’s first outstanding blues album, opens with a blast of Stax-style horns announcing that something special is at hand. Indeed, as the song unfolds with some tasty Clayton Ivy keyboards underpinning the maelstrom, Albert ...

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