JazzTimes November 2021

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we love you, george

The news came just as we were closing the issue, too late to change any pages other than this one: George Wein, a man who belongs on the short list of jazz history’s most important figures, the man who created the modern music festival as we know it, passed away in his sleep on Monday, September 13, in his Manhattan home. He was 95. By the time you read this, you’ll probably have already seen numerous obituaries and tributes to George, full of telling details and amusing anecdotes. I can’t compete with any of them. I never even met the man. And yet I feel as though I knew him well. In many ways, he could have been my father. Hear me out on this. George was born and raised in Massachusetts…

what's on jazztimes.com

– Exclusive Content Colin Fleming makes a JazzTimes 10 list of Miles Davis live albums; photo galleries and reports from the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Vail Jazz Festival, Pittsburgh Jazz Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival; plus album and book reviews, obituaries, and much more. – JT News November 12 sees the release of Relief, an all-star compilation of previously unreleased music to benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund, established in the spring of 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Artists featured include Hiromi (pictured), Christian McBride, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jon Batiste, Charles Lloyd, Kenny Garrett, and Herbie Hancock. – Audio & Video Guitarist Pasquale Grasso covers Duke Ellington’s classic “It Don’t Mean a Thing” in a video that premiered on jazztimes.com. Also check out exclusive streams…

life after the apple

Drummer, composer, and bandleader Nate Smith is reliving the mid-pandemic moment when he realized his life had to change. He’d been traveling frequently, recording in L.A. and elsewhere, while paying premium rent on a New York studio apartment. “Even during COVID, I was in motion a lot, and one time I looked at my calendar and realized I was coming back to New York to dump my suitcase and do laundry. I was just changing clothes in New York.”. Smith’s lease was up. Expiring along with it was his faith in New York as a place to thrive doing creative work. He looked around at the quickening pace of the creative exodus and decided it was time to move. He’s still adjusting to his new life in Nashville. “It was a mixed-emotions…

jazz from motor city 2021

In April, the Detroit Jazz Festival—arguably the largest free (of charge) jazz festival in the United States—announced its 2021 edition. However, owing to both the scale of the event (which usually takes over downtown Detroit) and the ever-changing guidelines for COVID protocols, its organizers took a while to decide whether it would be virtual, live, or a hybrid. In late June, they announced the festival would be live and in-person; in August, they pivoted back to virtual. Such is life in a pandemic. Luckily, the lineup stayed the same, and four days of performances took place over Labor Day weekend as planned. Although the great majority of attendees were remote, watching online via a variety of streaming platforms, a few lucky individuals did witness the proceedings onsite. Two of them,…

ghosts in the machines

Isolated from friends and family, with nary a gig in sight, many musicians could have spent most of 2020 in dark solitude, sequestered in their own psyches. Jason Nazary—whose credits include the electronic improvisation duo Anteloper and the equally raucous quartet Little Women—woke up every day last spring pondering what kind of music one makes during a lockdown. As he finished his morning coffee, the drummer patched cables into a modular synthesizer and recorded himself improvising along with the sounds he created, using everything from his trap kit to percussion to household pots and pans. It all happened in his living room. “My wife got me these low-noise, really sensitive mics that are used for field recordings,” Nazary says. “The idea was I’d play super-quiet, but have these mics there…

path of least resistance

Beloved for his many cool collaborations with Tim Berne, John Zorn, and Marc Ribot, drummer/improviser/composer Ches Smith is best served hot, under his own name—on his Congs for Brums series of recordings or his 2016 ECM trio album with Craig Taborn and Mat Maneri, The Bell. His latest group, We All Break, is his most soulful yet. Originally a quartet comprising pianist Matt Mitchell, Smith and two of his percussion teachers, Daniel Brevil and Markus Schwartz, on the tanbou (a Haitian barrel drum), the band has since grown into an octet, as documented on its recent two-CD set Path of Seven Colors. But its M.O. remains the same: studying the ritual and abandon of traditional Haitian Vodou music and adorning it with modern improvisation. “Who could follow these masters [Brevil and…