- pianist and underground jazz/community activist Horace Tapscott
- guitarist Melvin Sparks
- producers Creed Taylor, Joel Dorn, and Richard Evans (the latter was the force behind many late-1960s Cadet releases, including Woody Herman‘s Light My Fire)
Wax Poetics tends to endorse, rather proudly, the kind of 1960s/70s crossover jazz that doesn’t generally sit well with some jazz fans. In part, that’s because Wax Poetics jazz tends to be the same stuff that hip-hop artists have often ended up sampling.
I always find the magazine a fascinating read, though. I often curse out loud when I pick up a new issue at my local record store, in fact, because there’s usually one jazz article, and the editors have a real knack for choosing artists whom I find irresistible as subject matter: Ahmad Jamal, Sam Rivers, and Phil Ranelin have all been featured. Minutes after I pick it up, I’m sliding more coins across the counter.