Jazz beyond Jazz: February 2008 Archives
An arts journalism/literary detour: Alain Robbe-Grillet deserves better than the clip job and interview bites the New York Times's Rachel Donadio afforded him on the editorial page last weekend. His cinematic and, yes, avant-garde jazz-like (fractured, abstracted, jagged, nagging, rhythmically repetitious, cool to the point of cruel) writing style and his frequent themes (the impossibility of certain knowledge and danger of pursuing it, the eroticism of violence and chill of eroticism) were breakthroughs in the '50s but moreover exert obvious continuing influence on mystery writing and movies today.
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Conductor of improvisation Lawrence Douglas "Butch" Morris is an East Village charmer, now-too-infrequent cornetist and internationally-known instigator of large ensemble music made spontaneously in real time by free-from-convention individuals. During a radio interview for the NPR show News & Notes, Butch identifies himself as a jazz musician not by superficial "style" but by inherent lineage, values, procedures and preferences.
Five unusually sunny days and a sumptuous solo performance by Cecil Taylor before at least 2000 absorbed listeners marked the first weekend of the fourth annual Portland Jazz Festival. Deconstructions by musicians and critics of the words "swing," "jazz," "sound" and "music" demonstrated this was a high ol' time. What should we call it? Propulsive compositional improvisation?
jazz-beyond-jazz fans (that's yours truly!) exult in Ornette Coleman, Myra Melford's Be Bread, the Bad Plus and the overall Portland Jazz Festival
Listeners who like their music strong, fresh, mysterious, challenging might share pride in pianist Herbie Hancock's Grammy Award for River: The Joni Letters -- but some snipe it celebrates moderation more than creativity. What's your take?
The commercial record industry may be in free-fall, but fresh cds continue to arrive in hopes of review, in undaunted quantity. From the year's first month, these get my attention.
The move-to borough's expanding scene: on a Saturday night the "creative music community" has a choice of alluring concerts.
Uri Caine is a musician, period -- writing it down or making it up on keyboards as he goes along, as the gig or commission demands.
Primaries, Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year align -- look who's coming to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage fest!
A day in Philadelphia demonstrated hard-core support for music stretching genres thrives, and a young audience seems ripe for such attractions.
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Terry Teachout on the arts in New York City
Andrew Taylor on the business of arts & culture
rock culture approximately
Rebuilding Gulf Culture after Katrina
Richard Kessler on arts education
Douglas McLennan's blog
Art from the American Outback
For immediate release: the arts are marketable
No genre is the new genre
John Rockwell on the arts
Jan Herman - arts, media & culture with 'tude
Apollinaire Scherr talks about dance
Tobi Tobias on dance et al...
Howard Mandel's freelance Urban Improvisation
Focus on New Orleans. Jazz and Other Sounds
Doug Ramsey on Jazz and other matters...
Jeff Weinstein's Cultural Mixology
Martha Bayles on Film...
Greg Sandow performs a book-in-progress
Exploring Orchestras w/ Henry Fogel
Harvey Sachs on music, and various digressions
Kyle Gann on music after the fact
Greg Sandow on the future of Classical Music
Norman Lebrecht on Shifting Sound Worlds
Jerome Weeks on Books
Scott McLemee on books, ideas & trash-culture ephemera
Wendy Rosenfield: covering drama, onstage and off
Chloe Veltman on how culture will save the world
Elizabeth Zimmer on time-based art forms
Public Art, Public Space
John Perreault's art diary
Lee Rosenbaum's Cultural Commentary
Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog