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Best Recordings of 2013

“BROOKLYN BABYLON”  DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY   —   Working with his 18-piece big band, Brooklyn-based modern composer Darcy James Argue has fashioned a brilliant musical document in the form of a series of compositions used as a mirror to and companion piece for a graphic novel by Danijel Zezelj. The result is an impressively innovative […]

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Best Recordings of 2011

1. Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1 — Miles Davis Quintet Miles Davis always wielded his genius as precisely as a diamond cutter uses his tools. In this latest set from Miles’ archives, there are three brilliant CDs of previously unreleased or previously only bootlegged material, and a gem of a DVD. […]

David Greely Retires From Mamou Playboys

Some sad news regarding Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, from the band’s website: We would like to announce, with enough solemnity, but not too much, that David Greely will be retiring from the Mamou Playboys, with his final performance with the band on Mardi Gras Day.  David cofounded the Mamou Playboys with Steve in […]

Trend or Coincidence in 2011 New Music?

Two new releases in the last two months have piqued my interest a great deal. Notably, they’re in the “Rock” realm. (Can we please get a new term, and NOT Indie?) “The King Of Limbs” by Radiohead and “Kaputt” by Destroyer have been my personal soundtrack, non-stop, since the latter’s release last month. They are […]

Jazz Journeys Honors the Memory and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jazz Journeys Respectfully Dedicates a Portion of Today’s Program to the Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I Say A Little Prayer — Rahsaan Roland Kirk ___ RFK In The Land Of Apartheid — Jason Moran ___ Fables Of Faubus — Charles Mingus ___ Birmingham — Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra Alabama — John Coltrane […]

Haiti: One Year Later

As many of you know, a year ago today, January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake rocked the capitol of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The island nation was totally unprepared for such calamity, and so poor, that the resources simply did not—and do not—exist for them to adequately cope with the aftermath. The situation there today is still […]

Jazz Journeys for 2 January 2011

I’m going to begin posting the set lists for my radio program, Jazz Journeys, each Saturday on The Blender. The show airs 13:00 to 16:00 ET, Sundays, at 91.9 on the FM band, or online at Please join Jazz Journeys as we pay tribute to three Jazz Giants who passed away in 2010: Lena […]