Both highly collaborative art forms often play on improvisation and the music of chance.
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.
On the new Legacy! Legacy!, Chicago singer and poet Jamila Woods lovingly details how art can learn from the past as it shapes the future.
Taped during a 1969 Los Angeles engagement, Tim Buckley’s Venice Mating Call and Greetings From West Hollywood showcase his gift for spontaneous experimentation.
Hermeto Pascoal’s idea-packed Viajando Com o Som: The Lost ’76 Vice-Versa Studio Session represents a major addition to his discography.
Secret History pays tribute to its first subject, the late Phil Cohran, who cofounded the AACM, formed the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, and launched the Affro-Arts Theater.
More than five-dozen music-related dramas and documentaries screen at the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival.
On Sixteen: Drummers Suite, Dan Weiss uses terse passages from the playing of legendary drummers to build rigorous, complex large-ensemble pieces.
Louis Armstrong takes a complex solo in Court Theatre’s Satchmo at the Waldorf
Current musical obsessions of Ono cofounder P. Michael and Lamont “Bim” Thomas of Obnox
Plus: Bike lawyer Colin Cameron on a song that sounds like Einstürzende Neubauten covering Leonard Cohen, the Reader‘s Luca Cimarusti on everything you could ever want to know about prog rock, and more
Especially now that you know about these ten amazing box sets from the likes of Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Pierre Boulez, Captain Beefheart, and Wilco
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is the title track off of the bassist’s 1973 album—he plays the Chicago Jazz Festival Saturday night.
Brilliant Chicago-schooled trumpeter Booker Little recorded dozens of albums—including several with Max Roach and Eric Dolphy—before his death at 23.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, May 31