Jazz beyond Jazz: December 2010 Archives

There's not much time left, so here are three of my best memories of live music over this crazy year, and a couple handfuls of favorite recordings that promise to be listenable for quite a while forward -- 
December 31, 2010 10:13 AM | | Comments (1)
I completely disagree with the point of Randall Sandke's book Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Muthology, Politics, and Business of Jazz. sandke book cover.jpegRather than celebrate a century of inter-racial collaboration modeling society's progress on civil rights, instead Sandke proposes that a cabal of journalists, scholars and left-leaning "activist" producers exaggerated black musicians' centrality while downplaying white Americans' contributions to jazz. He thinks white musicians deserve more attention and credit, if jazz is a true meritocracy; I think instead that the generally accepted shape of jazz's narrative and its canon is representative of jazz's meritocracy, and that white musicians for the most part have gotten plenty of notice, plus fame and fortune frequently disproportionate to their artistic achievements. Read my review at JJANews.org -- and look for Sandke, a composer-trumpeter as well as author, to post a response, here or there.

Subscribe by Email or RSS
All JBJ posts
December 21, 2010 4:00 PM | | Comments (14)
In 1966, long before the original Hairspray, black and white teens danced together to the bass overdrive and deep croak of Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band. Today blues lovers, avant-gardists and fans of dada, surrealism and abstract expressionism mourn and celebrate the Captain, aka Don Van Vliet. If you don't believe people jitterbuged to "Diddy Wah Diddy," watch the clip. And thanks to Jim Macnie for bringing it to my attention. 
December 18, 2010 12:37 PM | | Comments (4)
Sad news: Jazz giant James Moody died of pancreatic cancer today, age 85. This is confirmed on Moody's own website. A brilliant improviser who emerged from Dizzy Gillespie's big band to join the young turks of bebop (Monk, Bags, Klook, Blakey) in the late 1940s, he became internationally admired for his tenor sax and flute mastery and on-stage good cheer, as when he'd sing both male and female parts to "Moody's Mood for Love," his etched-in-gold solo given lyrics by his pal Eddie Jefferson.

December 9, 2010 6:16 PM | | Comments (0)
Fusion, fission, energy and virtuosity reign supreme over coming holiday weeks as jazzers beyond genre constraints fill New York clubs. Starting tonight (Dec. 9) double-necked guitar madman Dave Fiuczynski fires up Iridium with ripping alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and jam-band idol John Medeski on keybs; jazz sambas and tangos, ex-Milesian Mike Stern and smooth trumpeter Chris Botti, soul-drench organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and the Bad Plus follow. Details here, at my new column for City Arts-New York. And below -- Fuze, vocalist Dean Bowman + Roy Hargrove knock out Miles Davis' "What It Is" from Decoy (1984, and still state-of-jazz-funk).
December 9, 2010 4:16 PM | | Comments (1)



Archives: 323 entries and counting

Interviews & Articles


About this Archive

This page is a archive of recent entries written by Jazz beyond Jazz in December 2010.

Jazz beyond Jazz: November 2010 is the previous archive.

Jazz beyond Jazz: January 2011 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.