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The Month In Jazz – September 2020

We lost two major jazz voices this month. Bassist Gary Peacock died September 4th at 85. He was one of those players whose experience spans…
Phil Freeman | September 21, 2020 - 12:55 pm

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The Month In Jazz – August 2020

Free jazz is often seen as an old man’s music; even players considered part of the new generation seem to be going gray. Pianist Matthew…
Phil Freeman | August 20, 2020 - 11:55 am

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The Month In Jazz – July 2020

Motown Records famously had a finishing school, run by Maxine Powell, where their artists were taught how to smile, how to dress, how to move…
Phil Freeman | July 21, 2020 - 2:02 pm

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The Month In Jazz – June 2020

Ten years ago, Darius Jones flew across the New York jazz scene like a comet. His debut album as a leader, Man’ish Boy (A Raw
Phil Freeman | June 19, 2020 - 2:52 pm

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The Month In Jazz – May 2020

It’s easy to get comfortable with your idea of what jazz is, when it’s happening right in front of you. But when there are no…
Phil Freeman | May 20, 2020 - 12:08 pm

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The Month In Jazz – April 2020

Since my last column, there has been a wave of deaths in the jazz world, many of them related to COVID-19. Here are the ones…
Phil Freeman | April 21, 2020 - 9:45 am

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The Month In Jazz – March 2020

I had planned for this intro section to be slightly longer, but you know what? I’m not willing to risk my life for you people.
Phil Freeman | March 20, 2020 - 12:01 pm

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The Month In Jazz – February 2020

If you ever get the chance to watch Tyshawn Sorey play the drums, take it. Sorey is a brilliant composer — his albums Koan, The
Phil Freeman | February 20, 2020 - 3:22 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – January 2020

Has Winter Jazzfest peaked? When I was out exploring the annual weekend marathon (105 performances spread across 11 venues), it felt significantly less manic and…
Phil Freeman | January 20, 2020 - 1:19 pm

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The 20 Best Jazz Albums Of The 2010s

Where jazz is concerned, the 2010s could be divided almost precisely in half: BK (Before Kamasi) and AK (After Kamasi). The burly LA saxophonist's triple…
Phil Freeman | January 9, 2020 - 8:53 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – December 2019

Henry Threadgill, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2015 album In For A Penny, In For A Pound, has reunited his band Zooid after…
Phil Freeman | December 20, 2019 - 11:10 am

Lists

The 10 Best Jazz Albums Of 2019

This wasn’t a year of radical transformation in the world of jazz. There was no single breakout star, and no explosion like the sudden realization…
Phil Freeman | December 9, 2019 - 3:00 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – November 2019

People often talk about particular jazz labels having an aesthetic, a through-line that encompasses most if not all of their releases. Very few labels have…
Phil Freeman | November 21, 2019 - 2:31 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – October 2019

Let me tell you about an amazing band you’ve probably never heard. Over the past few weeks, I’ve become obsessed with the George Adams/Don Pullen…
Phil Freeman | October 25, 2019 - 1:18 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – September 2019

There's always one more thing in the vault, it seems. This month, a previously unreleased John Coltrane session will appear, and much like last year's…
Phil Freeman | September 20, 2019 - 10:35 am
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