Tag Archives: Jazz

Ascension – John Coltrane (1965)

“Conventional wisdom—and many people’s understanding of jazz history—asserts that John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is the saxophonist’s masterpiece. Recorded in a single session with his indomitable Quartet on December 9, 1964, it almost makes sense as a variety of Christmas … Continue reading

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The History of Jazz Visualized on a Circuit Diagram of a 1950s Phonograph: Features 1,000+ Musicians, Artists, Songwriters and Producers

“The danger of enjoying jazz is the possibility of letting ourselves slide into the assumption that we understand it. To do so would make no more sense than believing that, say, an enjoyment of listening to records automatically transmits an … Continue reading

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Dexter Gordon – GO (1962)

“When Dexter Gordon recorded ‘GO’ for Blue Note Records on August 27, 1962, jazz wasmoving in many different directions. Tenor/soprano saxophonist John Coltrane and trumpeter Miles Davis were leading the modal explosion, alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman and pianist Cecil Taylor … Continue reading

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How New Orleans’ Creole Musicians Forged the Fight for Civil Rights

“While New Orleans’ Congo Square is acknowledged as the heart and birthplace of American music, New Orleans’ unique Creole musical community was the engine for what became America’s early civil rights movement. During French and Spanish rule, a combination of … Continue reading

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Nat Hentoff (June 10, 1925 – January 7, 2017)

Nat Hentoff with the clarinetist Edmond Hall in 1948 at the Savoy, a club in Boston. “Nat Hentoff, an author, journalist, jazz critic and civil libertarian who called himself a troublemaker and proved it with a shelf of books and … Continue reading

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Albert Ayler – Holy Ghost: Rare & Unissued Recordings (1962–70)

“Albert Ayler was a mysterious figure. His recording career was relatively brief, beginning in 1962 and ending in 1970, with several of the entries live performances released many years after his passing. His demise itself was a bizarre circumstance. Revenant … Continue reading

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Playing the Truth: Charles Mingus’s Jazz in Detroit/ Strata Concert Gallery/ 46 Selden

“In January of 1979, two extraordinary losses occurred in Mexico. 56 sperm whales beached themselves on the country’s coast line. Reportedly on the same day, fabled jazz composer and bassist Charles Mingus died of heart failure related to ALS (Lou … Continue reading

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Abiodun Oyewole – One of the First Last Poets – Talks About Legacy, and Hip Hop

The Last Poets in 1970; half a century later—and counting—Oyewole is keeping poetry in the moment. “A founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets, Abiodun Oyewole is also known as a founding father of hip … Continue reading

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Kenneth Rexroth and Barcelona by the Bay

“By the time 22-year-old Kenneth Rexroth arrived in San Francisco in 1927, he had already developed a career as a professional bohemian and radical. Orphaned at a young age, he’d been living happily among the seedier elements of Chicago’s underground … Continue reading

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How the Beat Generation Created the Uniform for Disaffected Youth

“William Burroughs once said that On the Road ‘sold a trillion Levi’s.’ The iconic denim brand is just one of the fashion companies to benefit from the disaffected, worn-out look popularized by the Beat Generation. The group of writers—including Burroughs, … Continue reading

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