2008: not a good year for the economy, certain politicians, or the Detroit Lions. In the realm of reissues and historical releases, however, it was a surprisingly good year. A highly subjective and belated list follows, presented in alphabetical order:
Media pundits a-twitter about deadpan satirist Stephen Colbert’s leap into the 2008 primaries need only look to the jazz world for a precedent: trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie’s historic 1964 challenge to incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson and Republican nominee Barry Goldwater. And while the jury is still out on whether…
What happened when this powerful musical personality performed on other artists' dates?
As the swing era gave way to new and challenging sounds, a generation of bandleaders was forced to take notice.
We'll explore the raw vitality of bebop's emerging canon...
Duets from Steve Lacy & Mal Waldron, Mal Waldron & Jeanne Lee, Lee & Ran Blake, Ran Blake & Anthony Braxton, Braxton & Max Roach...is there a pattern here?
In the 1950s and 60s, as the Cold War & the civil-rights movement heated up, the U.S. State Department sent jazz musicians on goodwill tours around the world.