“I’ve been on this journey to be able to present within the jazz community. . . . To be a union of creative beauty.”
Guitar gods don’t come much more sagelike, subversive, and utterly distinctive than James Blood Ulmer. Born Willie James Ulmer in North Carolina, this towering figure of free blues guitar, now 79 years old, started off in 1960s soul-jazz combos in Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio, before settling in New York in 1971. In the Big Apple […]
Several times each year since 2013, a network of improvising musicians called the Bridge has facilitated exchanges of players from France and Chicago. Each iteration assembles a core group drawn from both sides of the Atlantic, and they perform a series of concerts, sometimes welcoming additional players and always developing a unique ensemble chemistry and […]
In 1987, free-jazz originator Ornette Coleman named an album In All Languages; fellow alto saxophonist Steve Lehman, who began his career around 15 years later, seems to have taken that title as a challenge to be met at every turn. On his own records, Lehman has crossbred jazz with spectral and minimalist composition, English and […]
Joshua Abrams and Lisa Alvarado of Natural Information Society help give the Chicago collective’s transcendent minimalism a family feeling.
Tim Berne comes to town Tuesday with a different group, Broken Shadows, that celebrates the music of Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, and Julius Hemphill.
Numerous intersecting lines connect the members of Broken Shadows, a new quartet devoted to the music of three saxophonists who emerged from Fort Worth, Texas: Ornette Coleman, Julius Hemphill, and Dewey Redman (the group also tackles “Song for Ché,” by bassist Charlie Haden, who worked with Coleman and Redman). Front-line saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris […]
The Reader‘s resident jazz expert publishes his ballot from the annual NPR Jazz Critics Poll.
Ornette Coleman’s live albums Ornette at 12 and Crisis, both featuring his pubescent son Denardo on drums, receive their first-ever CD editions.
The ingenious pianist and composer collaborates with the idiosyncratic singer Georgia Anne Muldrow tonight at Symphony Center; meanwhile, the innovative guitarist who made his mark in Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time band has passed.
New quartet Garden of Souls plays Ornette Coleman’s 1968 albums New York Is Now! and Love Call on Wednesday.
Standouts among more than 150 strong groups included Bill McHenry & Andrew Cyrille, Marc Ribot’s Young Philadelphians, and Battle Trance.
This year’s Chicago Jazz Festival captures the music’s proliferating diversity, with the Bad Plus, Anat Cohen, Erwin Helfer, Tarbaby, JD Allen, the Liberation Music Orchestra, and much more.
Joe Daley cut a live trio album at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1963 that became an early entry in the free-jazz canon.
Canadian pianist Paul Bley, one of jazz’s greatest innovators and improvisers, passed away on Sunday.