Jack DeJohnette Just Put Out The Best Jazz Record Of 2015

Chicago long ago grudgingly ceded second-banana status to Los Angeles w/r/t population and cultural might, but on all matters jazz, it still answers only to New York. Every medium-sized population center now claims some kind of quote-unquote jazz scene with an accompanying seasonal festival, complete with third-rate » 4/17/15 11:27am 4/17/15 11:27am

Kind Of Weird: How The Köln Concert Made Keith Jarrett A Pop Star

The most improbably exhilarating record I've ever heard was recorded 40 years ago, at a special late show in the Cologne Opera House, in front of a youthful capacity crowd. It's likely the only opera-related album I've ever listened to more than once, but that's fitting, since few of the 1,400 young Germans in… » 2/05/15 3:26pm 2/05/15 3:26pm

Jazz Needs A Better Sense of Humor

What can it mean for jazz as a living art when the most hotly debated genre event of 2014 was a satirical post on a humor blog? Only Charlie Haden's death earlier that month can rival the New Yorker's awkward July 31 unveiling of writer Django Gold's "Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words," a 480-word goof later appended… » 9/11/14 11:30am 9/11/14 11:30am

Former First Round Pick Now Growing Marijuana, Hoarding Assault Rifle…

We can not, repeat NOT blame the lockout for this one. Jose Ortiz, known as Piculín and revered as a hero in Puerto Rico, was busted this week at his home. Inside ICE agents found "approximately 218 marijuana plants" and 40 rounds of AR-15 ammunition. The criminal complaint, with photos, can be found here. » 7/01/11 1:00pm 7/01/11 1:00pm