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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – March 2019

Shabaka Hutchings is very tall. I'm gonna guess at least 6'5" and maybe 6'6". I'm 6'2", and he loomed over me when we met last…
Phil Freeman | March 22, 2019 - 11:03 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – February 2019

Hey, remember the Grammy Awards? Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, all that stuff? I didn't watch -- hell, I haven't even heard any of…
Phil Freeman | February 22, 2019 - 12:33 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – January 2019

It's goddamn January and jazz artists are trying to smother me already. I got sent two 12-CD sets this month.
Phil Freeman | January 28, 2019 - 11:19 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – December 2018

This month's column is a little different than the ones before it. Since December is a pretty thin time for new releases, I've decided to…
Phil Freeman | December 21, 2018 - 12:18 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – November 2018

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove died early this month of cardiac arrest at 49. He had been admitted to the hospital for a longstanding kidney problem.
Phil Freeman | November 23, 2018 - 10:44 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – October 2018

On September 14, pianist Matt Mitchell (whose name has popped up in this column several times, including below -- he's on Jonathan Finlayson's new album)…
Phil Freeman | October 26, 2018 - 11:39 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – September 2018

Pianist and composer Randy Weston died on September 1, at 92. His playing style was strongly influenced by folks like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Earl…
Phil Freeman | September 21, 2018 - 2:01 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – August 2018

I saw Fela Kuti live. It was late in his career, in the summer of 1990 (he died in 1997), and he had long since…
Phil Freeman | August 24, 2018 - 2:18 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – July 2018

Earlier this month, I went to Newark to meet violinist Regina Carter. She was in town to serve as artistic director of an all-female jazz…
Phil Freeman | July 27, 2018 - 2:09 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – June 2018

I had been planning to attend the Vision Festival, which had an absolutely amazing lineup this year, in Brooklyn last month, but had to abandon…
Phil Freeman | June 22, 2018 - 2:28 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – May 2018

Repertory can be a fraught subject in jazz. Obviously, there are artists whose compositions have become standards, re-interpreted by artist after artist over the decades.
Phil Freeman | May 25, 2018 - 11:30 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – April 2018

Cecil Taylor died on April 5, less than two weeks after his 89th birthday. It would be impossible to condense his artistry into this intro,…
Phil Freeman | April 20, 2018 - 11:32 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – March 2018

Bassist Buell Neidlinger died last week at 82. He was a fascinating figure, who traveled back and forth between the out-est of out jazz and…
Phil Freeman | March 23, 2018 - 11:57 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – February 2018

This time last year, I read Bob Porter's Soul Jazz, a really interesting book that provided a kind of alternate history of jazz from the…
Phil Freeman | February 23, 2018 - 9:09 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – January 2018

Welcome to Ugly Beauty, Year Two. Writing this column last year was a genuine thrill, almost entirely because of the people who read it and…
Phil Freeman | January 22, 2018 - 1:26 pm
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