In recent weeks, this reporter has received seemingly conflicting statements about summertime events claiming to be the grandaddy of music festivals. Festival Intl. de Jazz de Montreal, the 34th…
With nary a line of dialogue between them, two films in 2012 -- "Samsara," a doc that marvels at the wonders of Earth and the idiosyncrasies of its human inhabitants, and "Blancanieves," a…
American drummer-percussionist Paul Motian, who played with some of the most influential jazz pianists of the '60s and '70s including Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Paul Bley as he advanced the…
I met him in 1957. On one of my off nights I heard him play, and it really was a very brilliant sound. I wanted to meet him, and someone introduced us when I was playing at the Hillcrest Club.
Miles Davis' celebrated 38-minute set at the Isle of Wight in 1970 is the jewel in the crown of "Miles Electric." Extraordinary concert coverage and beautifully plotted segues between musicians then…
The ingredients may be familiar, but they're pan-fried with skill and piquancy in "Mostly Martha," a charming relationships comedy about food, gourmet cooking and emotionally chilling out.
The forcibly non-distractive nature of the Jazz Bakery's country-chapel asceticism greatly enhanced Paul Bley's sublime demonstration of the piano's spectral possibilities with spare, sensitive…