My Top Ten Bucket-List Jazz Albums

A few weeks ago a former professor of mine shared an article on Facebook from the Village Voice that listed the Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die. Usually it seems like the "ten whatevers you need to do/visit/read/listen before you die" lists are things that people probably haven't done, are not likely to …

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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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Joe Lovano Us Five live from Village Vanguard Tonight

Hey everybody, NPR will have live streaming of a set by Joe Lovano's killer group Us Five from the Vanguard tonight.  The link is here.  And if you miss it or forget, NPR will have it archived.  Probably tunes from the group's new album, which twists up Bird's famous compositions.  "Donna Lee" gets an especially …

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