Tag: Thelonious Monk

  • Jamie Cullum

    Jamie Cullum tickles the ivories with Jerry Lee Lewis pyrotechnics and a jazz-pop aesthetic equally influenced by Thelonious Monk and Cole Porter. The latter’s salacious subtext reverberates on a synth-heavy cover of “Love for Sale,” featuring British rapper Roots Manuva on the fresh-faced crooner’s latest release, Momentum, a streamlined mix of springy originals that favor […]

  • Karrin Allyson

    Karrin Allyson is widely considered one of the eminent jazz vocalists on the scene today, imbuing the American songbook with a Midwestern breeziness and a mellow alto range, as comfortable rendering Sondheim’s “Send In the Clowns” as she is on Thelonious Monk’s sultry “‘Round Midnight.” Her recent Christmas album Yuletide HIdeaway recasts familiar carols with […]

  • Fred Hersch

    Columbia University’s hip Program in Narrative Medicine presents the New York premiere of My Coma Dreams, a jazz-theater work based on dreams and nightmares the fine pianist experienced during a two-month near-death blackout in 2008. The patient ultimately triumphs in Hersch’s humanist collage of free improvisation, Thelonious Monk-ish compositions, and musical-theater tunes. Sat., March 2, […]

  • The Best Jazz Shows in New York City This Week – 10/8/2012

    New York is, on any given day, practically oozing with great jazz. Here’s a list of jazz shows happening in the city this week we think you’ll enjoy. Jazz for Obama 2012: The Jazz Concert for America’s Future Jazz may have lost its political edge in the 1960s, but that doesn’t mean that jazz musicians […]

  • Jason Moran’s New Jazz Testament

    The jazz grind was much the same as it is today when Bandwagon, pianist Jason Moran’s trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, formed in late 1999, spun out of Blue Note Records’ Greg Osby–led youth-movement band New Directions. Jazzers had been functioning in a commercially hostile marketplace for decades, so it was […]

  • Skeletons Big Band & Capillary Action

    Matt Mehlan and Skeletons have come a long way from their Girl-Faced Boys days as Oberlin’s most impenetrable aesthetes. Last year’s underrated Money found the Silent Barners delving into dramatic, Afro-punked Gastr del Sol-like sweeps—a thread continued during the band’s recent shows with the horn-abetted Skeletons Big Band. Oddly, the effect is similar to how […]

  • Free Will Astrology: January 14 through 20

    ARIES [March 21–April 19] According to some historians, Barack Obama won’t be the first American president with African ancestry. As many as six previous presidents may have had black ancestors, with Warren Harding and Dwight Eisenhower being the most likely. None of the others claimed their heritage, however, choosing instead to pass as pure white. […]

  • Remembering Fred W. McDarrah, 1926–2007

    Memorial photo in the Village Voice of Fred McDarrah

    For many years, Fred W. McDarrah was a key and vivid element that differentiated the Voice from other publications. Often, when I’d call him for a photograph to go with my column, he had anticipated the request and, more often than not, had it in his files. He had an omnivorous knowledge and curiosity about […]

  • The Thelonious Monk Guide

    Well, you needn’t get the four-disc Complete Blue Note Recordings or the 15-disc Complete Riverside Recordings. Yet with both, you’d have five versions of “Well, You Needn’t,” one of the signature tunes that earn Monk status as one of jazz’s greatest composers. Such investment pays dividends because alternate takes, illustrative but annoying in some other […]

  • Motian in Poetry

    Surrounded by axes and horns at the Village Vanguard, drummer Paul Motian was peaceful, yet a locus of immense swirling power. That’s the way it always is with Motian, whether he’s leading his long-running trio with saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell or this guitar- and sax-laden septet. A few ride-cymbal strikes are all […]