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Jazz news and analysis from The Nation
March 10, 2017
Don’t Burn Out: Take a Day Without Trump Every Week
I know I need one.
March 3, 2017
A Memorial for Nat Hentoff
The journalist’s spirit of freewheeling dispute was very much in evidence.
March 1, 2017
Keith Jarrett: In Search of Inspiration
To the degree that there was spontaneity in his latest concert, it was spontaneous regurgitation.
December 21, 2016
Light and Love From Year-End Movies
Retrieve what you like, during these darkest weeks of a very dark year.
December 14, 2016
The Ten Best Albums of 2016
As the business of recorded music roils, the making of music rolls on.
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November 25, 2016
Darcy James Argue’s Terrific Thrill
A staggeringly ambitious album explores the themes of cultural paranoia and false truth.
October 18, 2016
Four Standouts From the New York Film Festival
I Am Not Your Negro
I Called Him Morgan
June 3, 2016
Old Locks and Irregular Pounds
Henry Threadgill’s improvisations are adventurous, though never at the expense of human feeling.
May 16, 2016
A Blues for Albert Murray
His name was never household familiar. Yet his complex, mind-opening analysis of art and life remains as timely as ever—probably more so.
Thomas Chatterton Williams
January 21, 2016
Trump the Improviser?
This candidate operates in a jazz-like fashion, but all he makes is unexpected noise.