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Jazz news and analysis from The Nation
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.
December 2, 2015
Steve Coleman Works the Connections
The composer and saxophonist’s hybrid jazz fuses the sounds of the world.
October 30, 2015
A Jazz Singer
Legendary vocalist Mark Murphy
exemplified the jazz values of improvisation, swing, and in-the-moment spontaneity.
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July 1, 2015
Theo Bleckmann’s Bazaar
A vocalist as playfully experimental as Albert Ayler or Ornette Coleman.
April 14, 2015
Words for Music Perhaps
Warm and unaffected, Philip Glass’s memoir is nothing like his music.
March 23, 2015
Have We Reached the End of Jazz Itself?
John Coltrane and other “lost” musicians of the ’60s are teaching a new generation of artists to bend time and space.
September 22, 2014
Aging Jazz Artists Sound Note of Protest
After decades of entertaining the city, most jazz artists remain pension-less—but Justice for Jazz Artists wants to change that.