While it’s impossible to pinpoint a single peak in John Coltrane’s vast discography, Ascension is one of his most intense expressions of transcendental intent. Local musician Joshua Abrams knows his Coltrane, so it’s no accident that he’s given the name Descension to this summit between his group Natural Information Society and English saxophonist (and fellow […]
“I’ve been on this journey to be able to present within the jazz community. . . . To be a union of creative beauty.”
From Glencoe to Monterey Pop to oblivion: Michael Bloomfield’s huge talent and unique style changed rock guitar forever, but while Clapton and Hendrix entered the canon, he faded away.
Rova, which comprises saxophonists Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley, Larry Ochs, and Steve Adams (who replaced Andrew Voigt in 1988), is the gold standard against which all other saxophone quartets must be measured. Each of its members has a distinct approach to his instrument and a personal aesthetic, and they’ve expressed them in settings as disparate […]
If John Gilmore hadn’t been so committed to the spaceways, he might’ve influenced avant-garde jazz as profoundly as Coltrane.
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Brooklyn dance troupe turns to John Coltrane’s groundbreaking 1964 record.
On Meltframe she uses the compositions of others to say plenty about herself.
The longtime Reader critic is honored by the Jazz Journalists Association.
Brilliant Chicago-schooled trumpeter Booker Little recorded dozens of albums—including several with Max Roach and Eric Dolphy—before his death at 23.
The local jazz critic reflects on his award and on the art and future of liner notes.
Savion Glover’s tribute to the Nicholas Brothers lacks wit and entertainment value.
Current musical obsessions of saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and drummer Frank Rosaly
Jazz saxophonist Johnny Griffin isn’t exactly obscure, but he’s been unjustly overshadowed since his heyday in the 50s and 60s.
A Q&A with photographer Dawoud Bey
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.