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Jazz news and analysis from The Nation
July 26, 2017
Mal Waldron’s Ecstatic Minimalism
The jazz pianist’s style was simple, but the themes that gave shape to his music were not.
April 28, 2017
Top 12 May Day Songs
In tribute to all those planning actions for May Day.
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.
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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.
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.