Ari Brown hasn’t often sought the spotlight, but his blend of bebop rigor and avant-garde daring puts him on par with the likes of Fred Anderson and Von Freeman.
After saxophonist Archie Shepp became known in the 1960s as a fierce musical and political voice in what was then called the avant-garde, he charted a different path. In 1977, Shepp recorded a collection of traditional spirituals (and one jazz standard) in a duet session with pianist Horace Parlan titled Goin’ Home, which is as […]
The leader of the Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is also a teacher, a connector, and an ambassador for Afrocentric jazz.
Cecil Taylor belonged to a rare class of uncompromising visionaries who changed music and the way we think about it.
Hamid Drake’s fluid fusion of jazz, reggae, and world-music percussion styles has made him an invaluable part of countless groups.
A deluge of reissues of titles from Impulse and CTI Records celebrates the 50th and 40th anniversaries, respectively, of two iconic labels founded by jazz producer Creed Taylor.
My ballot for the 2010 Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll.
The new Post No Bills Podcast is live, with music by Seu Jorge, Etran Finatawa, Archie Shepp, Oval, Ideal Bread, and more.