Jazz

12:59pm

Wed September 26, 2012
Music Reviews

After 26 Years, The Sam Rivers Trio Resurfaces

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 2:12 pm

Sam Rivers' trio with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul (not pictured) recently released its 2007 reunion show on CD.
Ken Weiss Courtesy of the artist

Jazz multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers, who died at 88 in December 2011, recorded with many trios in the 1970s. But his most celebrated trio was barely recorded at all. In 2007, it played a reunion concert — its first in 26 years.

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5:35pm

Tue September 25, 2012
A Blog Supreme

'Treme,' Ep. 22: 'Dem Songs Is Gonna Stand, Son'

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 6:42 pm

Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) plays in a tribute to tuba player Kerwin James.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

If you've been watching the HBO series Treme with us, welcome back.

If you're new here, welcome in the first place. WBGO's Josh Jackson, a New Orleans native, and I have been watching the music-saturated program set in post-Katrina New Orleans for two years now. After every episode, we try to establish some context for the many musical references and live performances the show features.

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2:56pm

Mon September 24, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Jamison Ross Wins 2012 Thelonious Monk Competition For Drummers

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 12:17 pm

Jamison Ross competes in the semifinal round of the 2012 Thelonious Monk Competition.
Steve Mundinger Courtesy of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

In a ceremony and concert last night, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz recognized Jamison Ross, 24, as the winner of its annual competition for young musicians. The competition, the highest profile event of its kind, was open to drummers this year.

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5:37am

Sat September 22, 2012
A Blog Supreme

What Did The Monk Competition Ever Do For You?

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 12:17 pm

Emmet Cohen performs in the final round of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, where he placed third. The 2012 competition takes place this weekend.
Brendan Hoffman WireImage

Pianist Ethan Iverson launched a debate last month when he evoked "the dark side" of musical competition — specifically, of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, whose semifinals and finals take place this weekend in Washington, D.C. Iverson took issue with overemphasizing technical convention, and with the very nature of judging art, making the somewhat hyperbolic suggestion that Monk couldn't have competed in the contest named for him.

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2:03pm

Fri September 21, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 21, 2012

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 6:10 pm

Guitarist John Abercrombie.
Howard Goodman ECM Records

Happy John Coltrane birthday on Sunday.

  • Pianist Michael Wolff talks about his Cal Tjader tribute for the San Jose Mercury News. I do know Wolff as a New York pianist but didn't know he was musical director of The Arsenio Hall Show or that he's from the Bay Area.
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9:48am

Fri September 21, 2012
Music Reviews

Vince Guaraldi Didn't Just Play For 'Peanuts'

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 12:57 pm

Vince Guaraldi had range, as well as an instrumental hit right when jazz was vanishing from AM radio.
Courtesy of the artist

There must have been times in 1963, when Vince Guaraldi was riding high on his surprise hit "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," when he thought, "This is what I'll be remembered for." Not that he minded. He said taking requests for the tune was like signing the back of a check. The song's got a great hook tied to a poppy, uplifting chord sequence.

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4:55pm

Thu September 20, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Five New Singers At The 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival

Meklit Hadero is based in the San Francisco Bay area, a two-hour drive north of Monterey.
Rus Anson Courtesy of the artist

4:42pm

Wed September 19, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Finnish Patriotism, Christian Hymns And One Trumpeter's Mom

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 11:29 am

Dave Douglas.
Austin Nelson Courtesy of the artist

The band above is the new Dave Douglas Quintet, who we're webcasting live Wednesday night as part of WBGO's The Checkout: Live series. The quintet is actually six people: special guest Aoife O'Donovan, a folk and bluegrass singer, joins the band on stage and on the new album, Be Still.

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1:00pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Music Reviews

Brad Mehldau: (Unlikely) Songs By Other People

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:23 pm

Brad Mehldau's latest covers project, Where Do You Start, came out Tuesday.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

At this point, there's nothing special about jazz musicians playing post-Beatles pop: It's just the new normal. But one of the trendsetters on that score was pianist Brad Mehldau and his versions of Radiohead and Nick Drake tunes. Now, Mehldau's trio has a new covers album out.

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4:43pm

Sun September 16, 2012
Music Interviews

Joe Jackson Pays Tribute To 'The Duke'

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 9:50 am

Joe Jackson's new album is The Duke.
Frank Veronsky Courtesy of the artist

As the 1970s punk scene was turning the corner into a new decade, Joe Jackson showed them the way with a pair of essential new wave albums, Look Sharp! and I'm the Man.

But as soon as fans thought they knew the angry young Brit with the sharp suits and even sharper commentary, Jackson changed. His Gershwin-esque piano music became huge hits in the '80s, but then he changed again.

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