My Thoughts on this Year’s Jazz Grammy Nominations

Well, the Grammy Awards are just under 10 days away, and if you're like me you're quite underwhelmed with a bulk of the jazz nominations this year.  I'd argue that institutions like the Grammys (although the jazz awards are not aired on the broadcast - which I won't be watching) have a canonizing effect (especially …

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On Seeing Dave Douglas and Keystone @ the Blue Room

Everybody is here Jeff, Rich, Little Dave (he was late) Brad, Fred                   I don’t know them but Mary does Dave Douglas and Keystone are here too at the Blue Room. I forgot that Marcus Strickland is in the band I thought he’d be taller, I don’t know why, if it wasn’t for the neck, …

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My views on much needed new forms of jazz criticism (at least for me)

As I was writing a couple reviews for Downbeat last weekend and earlier this week I started to fully comprehend something that has been percolating in my brain the last few months or so: that a good deal of the time the 250-300 word CD review found in popular jazz magazines, or in other jazz …

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How to fix the way-too-long-jazz-cd problem.

A few posts back I wrote about what I feel to be a problem with many new jazz cds now: their-way-too-longness.  Well I've come across two recent solutions that address two of the three possible reasons I came up for why folks are putting out so many long albums. (I cannot offer a solution to …

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