Words Don’t Go There: When “Tight” Just Won’t Do It

So you've probably heard the adage: "writing about music is like dancing about architecture."  That gets to what follows, but I was reading something for my dissertation a couple weeks back (I can't remember the author, perhaps it was Nathaniel Mackey) and the phrase "words don't go there" really stuck out.  What the author was …

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Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd’s Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project

When Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, especially those who are leaders in veterans groups, appear on news stories a point they often make is that there is a disconnect between those fighting the wars and the American public.  They often describe how the American public, at least those who are not directly involved in the war …

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You Know You Want Miles’ Live in Europe 1969 Bootleg, Just Get It

It should come as no real surprise that the second installment of Miles' Bootleg Series, Live in Europe 1969 won the Downbeat Critic's Poll best historical/reissue category this year.  (List of poll winners can be found here, and check the August issue for the complete list of those who received votes.)  This set was at …

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Review: Paul Motian Old and New Masters ECM Box Set

Conception Vessel, the title of Paul Motian's debut album for ECM, is perhaps the perfect term to describe the prolific drummer and composer.   From his earliest work in Bill Evans' trio, it was clear he had a unique approach to drumming.  Motian also extended his unique aesthetic to his large body of tuneful, elegant and …

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