A Rifftides Makeover

Welcome to the new, improved, more functional Rifftides. Artsjournal.com commander-in-chief Doug McLennan and his team spiffed us up as the pioneer site (aka guinea pig) in reformatting all of the artsjournal.com blogs. The Rifftides staff thanks them for a dazzling makeover. There is a change in the comments procedure. You will still click on the "Comments" link below each item. That takes you to a simple form. After you have filled in the form, you will be asked to enter a couple of words in … [Read more...]

On Forging New Directions

Rifftides reader George Finch sent this message in reaction to a ten-year-old article in The Atlantic. There has been so little essential change in jazz since 1997 that The Atlantic piece might have been written last week. It consists mainly of a conversation among authors Tom Piazza, the late Eric Nissensen and the magazine's Ryan Nally. To read the article, go here.  Just read Eric Nissensen's book while I was in Boston, and happened to come across this article. Haven't read Tom … [Read more...]