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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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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – December 2017

Sunny Murray died 12/8, at the age of 81, in Paris, where he’d lived for decades. Murray was one of the most important drummers in…
Phil Freeman | December 26, 2017 - 8:34 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – November 2017

A week ago, on November 10, I caught guitarist John McLaughlin's farewell US tour at NJPAC in Newark, NJ. I haven't paid much attention to…
Phil Freeman | November 17, 2017 - 4:33 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – October 2017

On Friday, October 6, the Art Ensemble Of Chicago played their first New York show since 2004. The last time they were in town, original…
Phil Freeman | October 20, 2017 - 11:49 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – September 2017

I don't really listen to podcasts. I've never been converted to the format for several reasons. The first of those is that I don't have…
Phil Freeman | September 22, 2017 - 10:08 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – August 2017

One of the first lessons I learned when I was first getting into jazz, back at the dawn of time, was Follow The Sidemen. If…
Phil Freeman | August 18, 2017 - 3:10 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – July 2017

Joe Fields died earlier this month, on 7/12. He was 88. You've probably never heard of him; I hadn't until the news of his death…
Phil Freeman | July 21, 2017 - 1:37 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – June 2017

The Vision Festival is a totally unique event on the New York jazz scene. Every year, Patricia Nicholson-Parker (wife of bassist William Parker) and the…
Phil Freeman | June 23, 2017 - 10:49 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – May 2017

Do you buy CD box sets? (Please answer in the comments; I'm genuinely curious.) I do. In the last couple of years, I've probably bought…
Phil Freeman | May 19, 2017 - 9:57 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – April 2017

On March 27, a little less than a week after last month’s Ugly Beauty was published, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe died. This wasn’t a surprise…
Phil Freeman | April 21, 2017 - 12:27 pm

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – March 2017

If you don't follow Jazz Twitter, you probably missed the biggest (well, loudest, anyway) jazz story of the month. About three weeks ago, pianist Ethan…
Phil Freeman | March 24, 2017 - 9:35 am

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Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – February 2017

February is Black History Month, so let's talk about blackness in jazz. That'll be fun, right?
Phil Freeman | February 24, 2017 - 11:19 am
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