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Ugly Beauty

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

Ugly Beauty

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

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The 10 Best Jazz Albums Of 2018

The last few years have been a wild time to be a jazz fan. On the one hand, legendary players and crucial figures in the…
Phil Freeman | December 11, 2018 - 1:00 pm

More Makaya McCraven stories

Watch The Makaya McCraven Documentary & Stream His New Album Universal Beings E&F Sides

Chicago drummer, producer, and all-around musical genius Makaya McCraven has been widely heralded as one of the leading lights in jazz today. Universal Beings, the…
Chris DeVille | July 31, 2020 - 11:25 am

Makaya McCraven – “Mak Attack”

Upon its release two years ago, the expansive, globetrotting collection Universal Beings was a breakout album for Chicago jazz drummer, beat-maker, and all-around musical wizard…
Chris DeVille | July 14, 2020 - 10:03 am

Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven – “Where Did The Night Go”

A decade ago, the legendary spoken-word poet Gil Scott-Heron closed a 16-year gap between albums with I'm New Here, a collaboration with XL Recordings leader…
Chris DeVille | January 8, 2020 - 10:28 am

Lists

The 10 Best Jazz Albums Of 2018

The last few years have been a wild time to be a jazz fan. On the one hand, legendary players and crucial figures in the…
Phil Freeman | December 11, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Ugly Beauty

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

Ugly Beauty

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