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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Um….it’s not their second record as a leader. Do your homework.

...haven't written in a while, time to shake off the rust..... When Esperanza Spalding's third album as a leader dropped a few weeks back I read a ton of interviews, short reviews, album descriptions, etc. that said Chamber Music Society (hereafter CMS) was her "sophomore" album.  BTW, I hate it when people describe someone's second …

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