Tag: Newport

  • Taste of India and Thali (Food) Court Jersey City

    Out of necessity, you’ve probably eaten in lots of shopping-mall food courts. You’re tired, hungry, and footsore, and rather than hitting the streets with help from your smartphone, you simply succumb to desiccated nori rolls, limp greasy fries, and the supremely trashy but weirdly fascinating wiener stuck in a tube of pretzel dough. And the […]

  • Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy

    Maybe it’s the oomph of the tuba. Maybe it’s the growl of the trombone. Something gives the trumpeter’s four-horn and drummer squad an exclamatory feel, even when they are operating in a whisper. When they choose to let loose, it’s groove city, and when they turn the polyphony inside out, formulas are scrambled. Last summer […]

  • Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet

    Curatorial skills are key in designing an album’s flow, and from the Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn opener to Joe Henderson’s “Punjab” at the tail end, the guitarist connects quite a few dots on the new Natural Selection. A feisty little gig at Newport last summer still floats through my mind; there’s something unique about the […]

  • Ryan Keberle Double Quartet

    The trombonist took a blustery yet beautiful solo with Darcy James Argue’s brood in Newport a few weeks ago. Ditto for a lyrical romp he provided a few weeks prior as part of Maria Schneider’s Midtown crew. The dude’s an inventive section player. But the new Heavy Dreaming makes a strong case for Keberle being […]

  • Myron Walden

    There were several exclamatory moments between the saxophonist and his audience at Newport this summer—gospel passion milked for drama and bolstered by the creative crash of a drummer such as Brian Blade usually nets results. I bet we can expect something similar here. It’s the second of Walden’s weekly gigs during this month-long program (different […]

  • ‘Charlie Parker Festival’ 2009

    Bird lived uptown and downtown, and this annual gathering brings jazz action to each. Today’s dealio at Tompkins Square Park also unites vets and newcomers. Pianist Cedar Walton recently wowed a Newport crowd with his bluesy grace. Papo Vazquez’s Pirate Troubadores outfit is a feisty working band that puts the trombonist’s aggressive lines in the […]

  • Roy Haynes & the Fountain of Youth Quartet

    Yes, we all applaud the attack of this drum wonder, but more thrilling is his of finesse and flamboyance displayed on a regular basis, such as last week at Newport. It comes from a deep self-assurance, immeasurable chops, and a world view that stresses the art of dazzle—here’s an entertainer who likes to impress everyone […]

  • New Scorsese Documentary Only a Pawn in Dylan’s Game

    Among No Direction Home‘s DVD extras is an unused 1965 promo film for “Positively 4th Street” in which fan interview snippets cut against impressions of the Sphinx onstage—”he’s an old pal of mine” . . . “he doesn’t even know himself” . . . “I like the color of his eyes.” Lotta nerve, right? More […]

  • Ray Charles 1930—2004

    Rock and roll? “A couple of guitars together with a backbeat,” huffed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame charter member Ray Charles in 1959. But he dug almost everything else back then. The blues and gospel he married on “I Got a Woman,” the jazz he roughed up at Newport, and the country he redefined […]